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.”
“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.”
“That’s how were going to pay to rebuild our infrastructure and put millions of people back to work.”
Watch video of Sanders in Iowa below:
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."