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Nancy Pelosi defends “crumbs” statement when told they helped pay for Georgetown students college


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday defended her use of the term “crumbs” to describe the GOP tax cut when she was confronted about her remark by a student at Georgetown University.

The student, Sam from Northern Virginia, told the House Democratic leader that his parents, both small business owners, have been able to hire more employees, pay off their mortgage, and even helped pay his way through college because of the GOP tax cut

“Would you still refer to the effects of this tax plan on average Americans as crumbs?” the student asked.

“Yes, there are some benefits that some are feeling in a particular way with the tax bill,” Pelosi said. “My statement was really a fuller statement that says while they provide a banquet for the top one percent, they are giving some crumbs to other people. That has been something that has been taken up by others as well, some on the Republican side.”

“And why I say that is because here’s a tax bill they advertise as a benefit for the middle class,” Pelosi said.

“This is a bad deal for the American people,” Pelosi said. “They should have done much better in this bill, rather than big corporate America getting the benefits they got.”

Pelosi said it’s “B.S.” if anyone says the bill is helping the middle class. “We will fight [the law], respectful that there may be some advantages to some,” Pelosi said.

She finished answering the question by thanking the student and telling him that she”s “glad you’re benefiting from” the law.

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