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This Is The Part Of AOC’s Interview With Stephen Colbert You Should Be Talking About

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.

Here’s the exchange:

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.

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.

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“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.

“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.

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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.”


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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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After four long years, we finally know why Trump didn’t want to release his tax returns: abominably, he thought his terrible haircuts and adult age children were worthy of write-offs. Oh yeah… and the year he was elected he only paid $750.00.

Long before his 2016 presidential election bid, Trump dodged calls to reveal his tax returns. At the time of his bid, however, he refused to take part in a 40-year tradition carried out by presidential nominees to release tax returns to the public. During his initial run, Trump falsely claimed that he was unable to release his returns publicly while they were under audit, and throughout his presidency, he has avoided sharing them despite grand jury subpoenas. Fortunately, thanks to a piece published by The New York Times, they’re finally getting a chance to see the light of day.

On Sunday, The New York Times published the first of several reports examining Trump’s tax information.

In 2016, Trump became the first president since 1976 to not release his tax records. The decision promptly roused dismay and questions about whether the records carried “undisclosed conflicts of interest that may impair his ability to make impartial policy decisions.”

According to NYT’s latest exposé, Trump (a man who has long boasted about his wealth and has also claimed a net worth of billions of which he has also declared to be self-acquired) paid a mere total of $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

While the Times report did not cover 2018 and 2019 tax filings, the newspaper looked into 18 years of Trump’s tax returns. They also looked into his business dealings as far back as 2000 and found that in 10 of those years, the president of the United States failed to pay any income taxes “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

The Times also revealed that Trump “racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes” despite millions in income and property. In a statement for the piece, Alan Garten an attorney for the Trump Organization claimed to the Times that “most, if not all, of the facts, appear to be inaccurate.” NoteL the Times underlined that Garten appeared to be “conflating income taxes with other federal taxes.”

According to the article, beginning in 2010, Trump had been given a $72.9 million tax refund from the IRS.

The Times article explains in detail how Trump has managed to handle his business and categorize his wealth. The paper found that most often, Trump claimed his expenses as deductions from his tax bill chalking them up to business expenses. These include nearly $70,000 in hairstyling costs for his time on NBC’s “The Apprentice” over $300,000 for landscaping of the Mar-a-Lago Club and $95,000 written off for hair and makeup done for his daughter Ivanka. That’s right, the president wrote off his own adult children.

Addressing the report, the Times noted that they would not include the actual tax documents in its coverage to avoid outing its sources.

“We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances,” Times editor Dean Baquet wrote in an editor’s note. “Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.”

In response to the reports, Trump called the story “fake news” during a White House press conference on Sunday.

Speaking about the piece, Trump bemoaned that the IRS “does not treat me well.” “It’s totally fake news. Made-up, fake,” he continued. “We went through the same stories, people you could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news… Actually, I paid tax, and you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit,” Trump went onto explain. “They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. … They don’t treat me well; they treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS, they treat me very, very badly…But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you, but that’s just fake news.”

It’s important to note that even an audit could not prevent Trump from releasing his tax records to the public.

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AOC Calls Out the GOP for Their Silence on Trump’s Hairstyling Expenses: ‘They’re Spineless, Misogynistic Hypocrites’

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AOC Calls Out the GOP for Their Silence on Trump’s Hairstyling Expenses: ‘They’re Spineless, Misogynistic Hypocrites’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, once again, speaking out against the sexism and double standards she faces every day as a female politician.

On Sunday, The New York Times published a bombshell report exposing President Donald Trump’s long-concealed tax records. Not only did the article report on the miniscule amount Trump paid in federal income taxes in 2016, it also revealed that Trump wrote off $70,000 worth of hairstyling expenses while he was on “The Apprentice”.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to respond to the reports of Trump’s opulent spending (as well as the GOP’s silence) with her usual panache.

“Last year Republicans blasted a firehose of hatred + vitriol my way because I treated myself to a $250 cut & lowlights on my birthday,” she wrote. “Where’s the criticism of their idol spending $70k on hairstyling? Oh, it’s nowhere because they’re spineless, misogynistic hypocrites? Got it.”

As a refresher, AOC was publicly dragged in 2019 when conservative outlets reported that the democratic-socialist congresswoman bought a “$300 haircut” in from a “pricey salon” in Washington, D.C.

Conservative outlets tried to paint Ocasio-Cortez’s $250 haircut as proof that she didn’t actually believe in her political ideals that involve protecting the poor.

“There is nothing wrong with spending money to make yourself look better, especially as a personality who depends upon visual mediums for her power,” said Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government to conservative publication The Washington Times. “But it is a bad look to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hair done to make a video decrying income inequality.”

There was a public backlash to those who criticized AOC’s spending habits, though. “This would obvs never be a story about a man,” wrote one Twitter-user before adding: “If her hair was raggedy, that would be the lead story instead.”

It should be noted that Ocasio-Cortez did not use taxpayer money to fund her haircut. There is also no evidence that she wrote off the haircut as a business expense.

The misogyny AOC is referring to comes from the fact that conservative pundits were quick to call her (a female politician) vain when she paid for what they considered a “pricey” haircut while refusing to condemn Trump for spending much more money on his appearance.

These criticisms of her spending habits comes from deeply engrained sexist beliefs that all women care about is their looks. But Republicans seems to harp both on Ocasio-Cortez’s looks and spending habits more than her male colleagues’.

For example, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t get much push-back for spending $600,000 of taxpayer money to fund a limo trip to visit Trump’s golf course in Ireland.

But double-standards weren’t the only thing AOC called out via Twitter. She also blasted Trump for paying such a small amount in taxes when hardworking Americans are paying their fair share.

“In 2016 & ‘17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes as a bartender,” she wrote. “Trump paid $750.”

“He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses & undocumented immigrants,” she continued. “Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself. A walking scam.”

On his side, President Trump has never shied away at his ability to avoid paying taxes. When Hillary Clinton brought up his habit of not paying taxes in their 2016 debate, he shamelessly replied: “That makes me smart.”

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