Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shut down freshman Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) after he mocked her plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
Shortly before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Crenshaw took to Twitter to mockingly ask "for a friend" if the New England Patriots should have to pay a 70 percent tax rate.
"Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal?" Crenshaw tweeted shortly before Sunday's Super Bowl. "Asking for a friend."
Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal? Asking for a friend.— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw)1549253835.0
Ocasio-Cortez shot back Monday morning with some facts, most notably that on average, NFL players earn far less than $10 million.
"The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate," AOC replied. "The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though."
The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate. The owners who refuse t… https://t.co/IIDqoSJgwN— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1549286894.0
Congressman Brian Sims (D-PA) boosted AOC's smackdown.
"You know it takes even less than 140 characters to just say: 'I’m in Congress but still don’t know what I’m talking about!'" wrote Sims. "See, so much more efficient that making us “guess” everytime you tweet."
@DanCrenshawTX You know it takes even less than 140 characters to just say: “I’m in Congress but still don’t know w… https://t.co/aszMbLM9Cd— Brian Sims (@Brian Sims)1549288607.0
It was all downhill from there for Crenshaw.
@AOC FINISH HIM— JuanPa (@JuanPa)1549288789.0
@AOC Math is hard.— 𝐞𝐦𝐣𝐚𝐲 (@𝐞𝐦𝐣𝐚𝐲)1549286967.0
@AOC What is it that Americans do not understand about *marginal*?— Alessandra Asteriti (@Alessandra Asteriti)1549286966.0
@AOC People constantly fail to understand that this isn’t about taxing rich people, doctors, business owners, etc,… https://t.co/hRj6QBrW03— mnfarmer (@mnfarmer)1549287163.0
@AOC The millionaire elites and their lackeys are falling over themselves trying to discredit you, that means you are doing something right.— Danny (@Danny)1549287899.0
Crenshaw's joke was weak.
@BDLinMA @noelwalling @AOC It doesn't make any sense but AOC keeping us grounded in facts pointing out the average… https://t.co/zB0brZZfeJ— Jonathan Priddy (@Jonathan Priddy)1549289072.0
@AOC Also, the NFL is salary capped, literally the definition of promoting equal team competition. I'm not sure wha… https://t.co/5cUNsAPDVr— Noel Walling (Ilucide) (@Noel Walling (Ilucide))1549287051.0
@DanCrenshawTX not only does this not make sense, but the same “joke” has already been made many times by other sad… https://t.co/1p9DgsnnI6— marisa kabas (@marisa kabas)1549281203.0
Does Crenshaw not get how taxation or sports work?
@AOC Let’s also talk about the massive subsidies given to owner to build stadiums thus adding to their teams value!… https://t.co/JvKO4259tP— Vato the Elder (@Vato the Elder)1549287348.0
@AOC Republicans are either very bad at math, or are very good at misleading their poor voters.— Ashish (@Ashish)1549287139.0
@AOC Agree with the 70% or not, I’m super concerned with how many republicans have made it clear they do not understand our tax system.— FIRE EVERYONE SZN (@FIRE EVERYONE SZN)1549287338.0
@DanCrenshawTX I've seen politicians make it clear they don't understand sports, and I've seen ones make it clear t… https://t.co/uAx9a21CXo— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1549291650.0
@DanCrenshawTX lmao you should read up on football big guy— pants archivist (@pants archivist)1549290229.0
@DanCrenshawTX Not to mention that there’s a team salary cap. Holy shit man, you could not have picked a worse comparison.— ˗ˏˋ ᴊᴇғғ ʀɪɢʙʏ ˊˎ˗ (@˗ˏˋ ᴊᴇғғ ʀɪɢʙʏ ˊˎ˗)1549297087.0
Crenshaw, an Afghanistan veteran, got pummeled for botching basic economics.
Brutally, as it were.
@DanCrenshawTX I truly appreciate your service and sacrifice in the military but you are really a stupid human being.— Rage Donkey™️ (@Rage Donkey™️)1549298318.0
@DanCrenshawTX The Republican Party is in bad bad shape when this is its brightest new star.— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1549302586.0
@DanCrenshawTX Actually Danny, with revenue sharing and a salary cap, the NFL is already more socialist than you’d be willing to admit.— The New American Left 🏴🇮🇪🏴 (@The New American Left 🏴🇮🇪🏴)1549288818.0
@DanCrenshawTX I'm not sure which is worse. 1) You've never heard of a salary cap. 2) You think progressive taxes… https://t.co/mozkx6spjw— kalbzayn (@kalbzayn)1549284562.0
@DanCrenshawTX It's fun how often you like to say "LOOK HOW DUMB I AM," thanks, pal— maura quint (@maura quint)1549287860.0
What a way to kick off his second month in office.
@DanCrenshawTX your tweets are bad— Yams. Sweet Potato Yams. (@Yams. Sweet Potato Yams.)1549287713.0
@DanCrenshawTX All this time being mad at kneeling football players and you guys never thought to once look up how the NFL works?— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker)1549292272.0
@DanCrenshawTX There is, a salary cap. Tom Brady? Not the highest paid QB in the NFL. Understands he needs others a… https://t.co/OaXRtAaN3l— Captain Jack Gonzo (@Captain Jack Gonzo)1549253974.0
@DanCrenshawTX How about we just stop giving teams our tax dollars for stadiums and call it even?— Austin Petersen (@Austin Petersen)1549286905.0
The Patriots won the Super Bowl, but AOC is once again the Twitter victor.