Although she has not even been an elected Representative for a month yet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has earned a reputation that will follow her for the rest of her life. AOC, as she has been dubbed, is not afraid to fight back against the establishment and challenge gender norms and “the way things have been.” Because she has been an outspoken critic of both President Trump and the Republican Party, Ocasio-Cortez has received a lot of pushback and retaliation, including name-calling and outright insults.
During the Super Bowl, Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican, took a crack shot at the freshman representative in a horrible analogy between Football and AOC’s tax plan.
As Crenshaw watched the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams in the 53rd Super Bowl, he tweeted, “Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal? Asking for a friend.”
The ex-Navy SEAL, who was wounded in combat, shared the tweet thinking that many people would rush to his side in the standoff. But things did not go the way the Texas Representative thought. Instead, many more people came to the defense of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her proposed tax plan that would put a stricter burden on the country’s wealthiest Americans.
Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a tax plan that would target only America’s top one percent of earners. Those who make more than $10 million per year would be hit with a 70 percent tax. That means if someone took home $10 million in taxes, they would retain only $3 million after paying the federal government their share of taxes.
Unfortunately, the Texas Representative’s attack on AOC did not work as he hoped. Instead, it proved that he did not wholly understand how taxation works in the country.
Instead of letting the jab slide, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came back with a remark of her own, tweeting:
“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.”
As the two representatives battled out their political issues on Twitter, other people started joining the conversation. Notably, Princeton University professor Kevin Kruse offered up another reply to the Texas representative.
“I’ve seen politicians make it clear they don’t understand sports,” Professor Kruse wrote. “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!”
The attempt at a joke was lost on most Americans. Even NFL football player Donte Stallworth had no idea what Crenshaw was trying to say, and he makes millions playing football.
“I’ve read that tweet 5x, and I still don’t know wtf he’s talking about,” Stallworth wrote.
Some billionaires do not like the idea of taxing the rich. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said, “We shouldn’t get to a place where there are people yelling from the rafters that because you have been successful, you are a bad person and we’re going to be punitive to you.”
What do you think about taxing the rich more than Americans with average incomes?
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