The group Campus Reform carried out a little experiment on the campus of George Washington University, asking college students to evaluate a tax-reform plan.
When told the plan came from President Trump, the students said they were opposed to it.
But when presented with the same plan and told it was proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, they praised it.
“I think it’s pretty good, definitely better [than] whatever Trump is proposing, I would make that leap right there so,” one student said.
Campus Reform said Trump’s proposal for comprehensive tax reform “was almost immediately dismissed as heartless and impractical by his political opponents.” When the same ideas “are packaged under Bernie Sanders’ name, however, liberal college students excitedly endorsed them.”
Students previously told Campus Reform that socialism is a good idea premised in “helping people,” and when they were asked to define “socialism,” they were confident it is a good idea with a bad reputation, even though they were unable to define it.
In a followup, students at George Washington University were asked about the tax plan, and their response appeared based not its substance but on the attributed source.
When told the ideas were from Trump, one student said, “It’s not the most efficient, nor beneficial to the general populous.”
Another said, “It’s better for the upper class than anyone else.”
However, they liked the same ideas when they thought the plan was from Sanders.
“What if I told you this actually is Trump’s tax plan, not Bernie’s?” Campus Reform’s media director, Cabot Phillips, asked the student.
“You got me,” the student replied.
Another said, “I am shocked that I do agree with Trump on certain things.”
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the video: “I love these guys. … They do some great work. They remind me of me back when this program was beginning.”
He said it was obvious the students “don’t know what they think they know.”
“They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
He said the students were just “regurgitating phrases that they hear from friends and on social media, in classrooms, because their reaction to it was just, well, it was clear to me that even while they were agreeing with it, they hadn’t thought about it.”
“And they didn’t really know what they were agreeing with. Just because it was Bernie Sanders’s tax plan, it was great.”
When they learn the plan actually is the president’s, he said, they “are shocked into stunned silence and cannot believe it. And then they start muttering: ‘Well, I — I — I — I don’t know. Um, maybe? Well, it could be Trump’s not that bad. I don’t know.'”