It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a fan of animals, but he’s definitely got a complaint about those animal shelter commercials featuring Sarah McLachlan: they’re a little too sad. That’s why on a recent episode of “The Late Show,” Colbert enlisted the help of Aubrey Plaza to get some puppies adopted through less depressing methods.
In the “Late Show Rescue Dog Rescue” segment, Colbert took a light-hearted and “dishonest” approach to animal rescue.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained a tax plan so many people are lying about.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to discuss so much about her first month in Congress. While the Congresswoman from New York talked policy and the need for unity, everyone is focusing on one question. At the beginning of the above video, Stephen Colbert asked how much she cared about Democrats telling her and other freshmen Congresspeople to wait their turn when it comes to fighting for certain issued. She replied, “zero.”
Ocasio-Cortez took to social media to call out what she sees as misleading headlines from several media sites.
I actually didn’t say this, so while I know “brown women cursing” drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word “zero.” https://t.co/MrXIbALNP3
Colbert: “On a scale of zero to some, how many f-ks do you give?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “I think it’s, um, zero.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the coverage of her interview on the show is indicative of the double standard for women and men in politics.
This reinforces lazy tropes about women leaders in media: – Older + seasoned, but unlikeable – Passionate, but angry – Smart, but crazy – Well-intentioned, but naive – Attractive, but uninformed or gaffe-prone
It’s unoriginal, lazy, and men don’t get the same either/or coverage.
The further you go into the interview, Ocasio-Cortez and Colbert discussed two questions that have been on the minds of millions of Americans. First, the need for public unity among the Democratic Party. Second, her proposed 70 percent marginal tax on the wealthiest of American society to debunk myths surrounding her proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez is not concerned with being seen as divisive as an activist and advocate for her constituents.
“It’s how we chose to interpret events and things like activism and advocacy. If you think activism is inherently divisive, I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day, and people called Martin Luther King divisive in his time,” Ocasio-Cortez told Colbert. “We forget that he was widely unpopular when he was advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we really need to realize is that social movements are the moral compass and should be the moral compass of our politics.”
Colbert then asked her to explain the 70 percent marginal tax that has been confusing and angering people.
The odds of me making over $10 million in one year while serving in public office are probably as slim as the odds of the GOP ever understanding what a marginal tax rate is.
But if it ever got to that, I’d be happy to contribute more for our bridges, teachers, and firefighters. https://t.co/DnBA9nbU4r
“I think this is something that we often see too with Fox News. It’s like, ‘They want to take all your money.’ When we talk about a 70 percent marginal tax rate, it’s not on all of your income,” Ocasio-Cortez explains. “It’s on your 10 millionth and one dollar. So, after you make $10 million in one year, your dollars after that start to get progressively taxed at a much higher rate.”
According to PolitiFact, during the Eisenhower presidency, between 1953 and 1961, the top marginal tax rate was 91 percent. It is also important to note that the marginal tax rate of the past was aimed at people making far less money than those who will be impacted by Ocasio-Cortez. Basically, if you aren’t making $10 million a year, you won’t see a 70 percent tax on your income under Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed tax plan.
PolitiFact further explains that the proposed tax plan would add $72 billion a year in tax revenue to the U.S. government.
She further broke down the need to increase the tax on the wealthy to benefit the U.S.
Ocascio-Cortez explains that the tax proposal, which won’t impact all the income made by the wealthy, has nothing to do with attacking the rich but making a statement about the kind of society we, as Americans, want to live in. She tells Colbert that we have to answer whether or not we want to live in a society when billionaires live in excess while others work 80-hour weeks without enough money to feed their children.
This tax proposal, as Ocasio-Cortez explains, is nothing new to American society and politics.
“This is not a new idea,” Ocasio-Cortez explains to Colbert. “In fact, people are yelling, ‘She’s a socialist. She wants 70 percent marginal tax rates.’ Under a Republican administration, Dwight Eisenhower, we had 90 percent marginal tax rates.”
Just when it seemed all hope was lost, Lin-Manuel Miranda showed up with a #PuberMe video to save the day.
Stephen Colbert and comedian Nick Kroll wrapped up their #PuberMe challenge to raise funds for Puerto Rico. The #PuberMe challenge called on celebrities to share photos of themselves during that awkward puberty phase. Colbert, who pledged to donate $1,000 for every photo shared, raised $233,000 just from celebrities sharing their photos. Then, Kroll called Colbert and offered $100,000 more thanks to the people who work on Kroll’s Netflix show “Big Mouth.” Colbert then announced that CBS was matching the money raised by Kroll and Colbert, bringing the total up to $666,000. Kroll called it the “devil’s donation,” so Colbert offered up another $266,000 to make up for it. Kroll didn’t want to be outdone, so he threw in another $67,000 dollars.
For everyone at home doing the math, that brings the total up to $999,000. As they lamented how close they were to raising $1 million, Lin-Manuel Miranda showed up and offered to help to make up the last $1,000. Miranda shared a video from his teenage years where he sang about returning to Puerto Rico. If you want to see a 13-year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda sing about visiting Puerto Rico and hating New York City, check out the video above. Congrats on the #PuberMe success, Stephen.
Colbert’s donations come from the AmeriCone Dream Fund which was created by Colbert and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.