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 (@DanCrenshawTX) February 4, 2019
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 to hire Kaepernick would, though. https://t.co/AnST2lCiU9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2019
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.”
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!” See, so much more efficient that making us “guess” everytime you tweet.
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) February 4, 2019
It was all downhill from there for Crenshaw.
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) February 4, 2019
Math is hard.
— 𝐞𝐦𝐣𝐚𝐲 (@letloverulemj) February 4, 2019
What is it that Americans do not understand about *marginal*?
— Alessandra Asteriti (@AlessandraAster) February 4, 2019
Some people pay good money to get hit this hard but you're out here giving it away for free, bless
— MildlyIrritated (@MildlyIrritate1) February 4, 2019
People constantly fail to understand that this isn’t about taxing rich people, doctors, business owners, etc, it’s about taxing the obscenely wealthy, a tiny tiny group of billionaires who seem to exist to extract more and more money out of workers and society’s hands.
— mnfarmer (@mnsfarmer) February 4, 2019
The millionaire elites and their lackeys are falling over themselves trying to discredit you, that means you are doing something right.
— Danny Ω (@danzu72) February 4, 2019
Crenshaw’s joke was weak.
It doesn't make any sense but AOC keeping us grounded in facts pointing out the average NFL player wouldn't be taxed at that rate shows Dan Crenshaw missed the mark again.
— Jonathan Priddy (@jonathan_priddy) February 4, 2019
Also, the NFL is salary capped, literally the definition of promoting equal team competition. I'm not sure what Dan is on about, but his metaphor leaves a lot to be desired.
— Noel Walling (@noelwalling) February 4, 2019
not only does this not make sense, but the same “joke” has already been made many times by other sad white dudes who don’t understand taxes.
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) February 4, 2019
Does Crenshaw not get how taxation or sports work?
Let’s also talk about the massive subsidies given to owner to build stadiums thus adding to their teams value! Subsidies are a societal investment given to the already wealthy at the expense of the people who will have to pay it!
— Charles the Hammer (@DerKonigMartin) February 4, 2019
Republicans are either very bad at math, or are very good at misleading their poor voters.
— Ashish Kasturia (@whiskeylover) February 4, 2019
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 (@HeartbreakCtyDC) February 4, 2019
I've seen politicians make it clear they don't understand sports, and I've seen ones make it clear they don't understand taxes, but I'm not sure I've ever seen someone do both at once. Congrats!
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 4, 2019
lmao you should read up on football big guy
— KT Nelson (@KrangTNelson) February 4, 2019
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˗ (@jeffrigby) February 4, 2019
Crenshaw, an Afghanistan veteran, got pummeled for botching basic economics.