Democrats Flip Out Over 'Armageddon' GOP Tax Reform Plan

December 5, 2017

Democrats have taken to dramatic language to condemn Republican tax reform efforts, using apocalyptic language about the impact they think the legislation will have on the country.

After the Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) called it "Armageddon" and the potential "end of the world" on Monday.

Democrats have blasted the bill as benefiting corporations and the rich at the expense of middle- and lower-class earners, while Republicans tout their tax legislation as an economic boon that is a winner for the middle class.

On the House floor, Pelosi called the legislation "the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress."

Former Obama administration official Lawrence Summers wrote "thousands would die" as a result of the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said the bill, passed under "the cover of darkness," was "one of the worst, most hastily considered pieces of major legislation" he's seen during his time in the Senate.  He later wondered how the GOP could be so "cruel."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) called it "horrible," and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) lambasted it as "cruel" and "malicious."

Sen. Mark Warren (D., Va.) said the day the bill passed was his "single worst day" in the U.S. Senate, and left-wing megadonor Tom Steyer said it was as "undemocratic and anti-American" as anything he'd seen.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) called the bill one of the "great robberies" in the country's modern history, saying the "Federal Treasury is being looted tonight!"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) said the bill was akin to the "death penalty" and said New York Republicans should vote against the bill rather then "rape and pillage" their districts.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) both called the legislation a "tax scam."

Click here to read about the Senate bill and the differences with House tax legislation that still need to be reconciled before President Donald Trump could sign it into law.