Ainsley Earhardt of Fox and Friends claimed - erroneously - that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to tax 70 percent of your paycheck. That it happened during a segment about how Democrats don't understand economics is an extra bit of irony.
Ainsley Earhardt falsely claims that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to “tax 70 percent of your paycheck” https://t.co/Cko4ctP0BM— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1547476430.0
@revrrlewis A false statement from Fox News https://t.co/UhKLqV4pUB— Robert J Walker (@Robert J Walker)1547494773.0
@revrrlewis Ainsley needs to learn how taxes work 🙄— VaDivaMom (@VaDivaMom)1547494301.0
"How do they have so much support?" Earhardt asked New York Post Columnist Michael Goodwin.
"I frankly think American young people today are not being educated properly in schools," Goodwin said. "They don’t know the history of our country, they don’t know the history of other countries, they don’t understand economics."
@revrrlewis Yet this guy doesn’t know how a top tax rate works. No one gets taxes 70% on paychecks. It’s 70% on inc… https://t.co/6HwaLpySWX— An actual black Gambino. (@An actual black Gambino.)1547482880.0
Many found the ignorance shocking.
@revrrlewis This moron said he knew economics but did not make a distinction between marginal rate and effective ra… https://t.co/lyJIPf49L2— WoDaYe (@WoDaYe)1547479888.0
@revrrlewis @ainsleyearhardt that is not what @AOC is proposing. Facts matter. Math matters. @FoxNews quit allowing… https://t.co/8nrqHKnNEz— JKPitts (@JKPitts)1547476787.0
@revrrlewis Claims young people don't understand the world. Blatantly spreads false information either out of ignor… https://t.co/SAaMMWlBRc— ☄️ Saturn Drop (@☄️ Saturn Drop)1547504873.0
Ocasio-Cortez's idea, of course, is not to impose a 70% tax on paychecks. Rather, she's talking about higher taxes for income beyond a certain point.
"Once you get to the tippy-tops, on your $10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 percent or 70 percent," Ocasio-Cortez told Anderson Cooper in a recent 60 Minutes interview, "That doesn’t mean all $10 million dollars are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more."
@revrrlewis One thing he said is correct: "A lot of it is ignorance." and they both go on to show their ignorance.— Patrick Laverty (@Patrick Laverty)1547481627.0
@revrrlewis The damage is done. This is how they work. Tell a lie to millions of people every day. Other outlets do… https://t.co/rfVGV9rP8Z— Bay watch (@Bay watch)1547488854.0
Conservatives have been trying to discredit Ocasio-Cortez and her marginal tax rate proposal, but Twitter's got her back.
Something @AOC is rarely credited on: she's one of the first members of Congress since Robert F. Kennedy to make is… https://t.co/Sj63rNw4Jr— Max Burns (@Max Burns)1547480123.0
@AOC I'm with you. Let's get the new green deal pushed through. We need to get solar on every rooftop in America AS… https://t.co/CWaWta89bn— Greg Field (@Greg Field)1547501989.0
@Macros1 @NYTMetro @AOC 1. At this point the GOP seems to vote as a single far right group; there are very few mode… https://t.co/Ogv135i0wv— David Lublin (@David Lublin)1547415849.0
Like those who would get taxed at 70% after their 10 millionth dollar, their argument was rich.