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Bernie slams tax-dodging Walmart heirs: They ‘thank you for paying taxes’ so they don’t have to

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Taking aim at how profitable corporations avoid paying U.S. income taxes, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders slammed the wealthy heirs of the Walmart fortune, pointing out that U.S. taxpayers are the ones keeping their employees above the poverty line and not them.

Speaking at Iowa Wesleyan University, Sanders noted that questions have been raised as to how taxpayers will be able to afford some of the proposals he has put forward.

“I have been criticized a lot because people say, well you know, ‘Bernie’s ideas are really good, we like like the idea of creating jobs. But, you know, how is he going to pay for it?”‘ the Vermont Independent said.

Sanders then puckishly turned to the Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune.

“Just to give you an example of what a rigged economy is all about.  I mentioned the Walton family — the wealthiest family in the world — being very appreciative that you are supporting them. They’re very happy about that,” he told the crowd.”And they asked me to send you their thanks.”

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“They’re only worth 60 or 70 billion dollars and they do appreciate you paying taxes to help them subsidize their workers,” he continued. “This is how we’re going to pay to put 13 million Americans back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.”

Sanders then went on to note that the U.S. Treasury loses $100 billion dollars in taxes a year because large corporations are stashing their profits offshore.

“Three major profitable corporations not only pay nothing in federal income taxes, they actually got a rebate from the IRS,” he added, before adding for emphasis, “Three major corporations made over $100 billion in profit, paid nothing in taxes, and in fact, got a rebate from the I.R.S.”

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“That’s how were going to pay to rebuild our infrastructure and put millions of people back to work.”

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WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’

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According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.

The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.

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Store manager ruins special moment by accusing black dad of stealing basketball he bought for baby son

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A memorable moment in a black California family's life was spoiled when a store manager accused them of stealing a basketball they'd already purchased for their baby son.

Joel Stallworth and TaMiya Dickerson took their 18-month-old son Sammy to buy his first basketball July 5 at the Nike store at Santa Monica Place, and they left after waving goodbye to employees, reported the Santa Monica Daily Press.

A white store manager followed them outside and told Stallworth, who was on the basketball and track teams at California State University, Stanislaus, to hand over the ball.

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Trump defends fans who chanted ‘send her back’ and tells Ilhan Omar she’s ‘lucky to be where she is’

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President Donald Trump on Friday defended supporters who chanted "send her back" at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and then went on to personally attack Omar as a "disgrace."

Even though Trump dishonestly tried to distance himself from the racist "send her back" chant on Thursday, he delivered a full-throated defense of the people who participated in it while talking with reporters in the Oval Office just one day later.

"Those people in North Carolina, that stadium was packed, it was a record crowd," Trump said. "Those are incredible people, those are incredible patriots."

He then pivoted toward attacking Omar again.

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