House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., praised former President Barack Obama's payroll tax cut in 2011.
It serves as a counter to Democrats deriding President Donald Trump's executive order on a payroll tax cut as a de facto defunding of social security.
Even Pelosi echoed the claim on "Fox News Sunday."
"While he says he's going to do the payroll tax, what he's doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare, so these are illusions," she said.
She did not say the same when Obama did it, instead praising it.
Pelosi released the following statement Dec. 23, 2011 after the House and Senate passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, and the Medicare physician fee fix:
"Today is a victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation. The American people spoke out clearly and, thanks to President Obama's leadership, 160 million Americans will continue to receive their payroll tax cut – nearly $40 per paycheck in the pockets of the average family. I salute the work of the unified House Democratic caucus on behalf of the American people.
"We still have work to do to ensure this extension lasts throughout 2012. Today, I have appointed conferees who will begin work immediately on a bipartisan bill that will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen our middle class."
Trump's executive order signed Saturday evening defers the employee portion of the payroll tax from Aug. 1 through the end of the year.
"If I win, I may extend and terminate," Trump said.
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