CNN political commentator Angela Rye on Monday shut down her conservative counterpart Tara Setmayer, who she called out for misrepresenting freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to tax the rich with a 70% marginal tax rate.
"The wealthy already pay more than their fair share," Setmayer said, adding that the proposal amounted to "us versus them" marketing, and that the wealthy would "figure out ways to move their money around" to evade the higher rate. "So it may sound good as a marketing tool, 'pay your fair share', but when you start getting into the details of it, it's not practical in any way, shape or form, nor do I think that it is necessarily good economics."
"I think she actually said something a little different which was it could be up to 70% and I'm not talking about taxing the full $10 million," Rye said, correcting Setmayer's misrepresentation.
"I think that I've had enough of questioning the intelligence of this brilliant young woman who beat someone in Congressional leadership to earn her seat at the table," she continued, taking a dig at the congresswoman's Republican critics. "I think that the least we can do is offer her the opportunity to come up with policy proposals and then chew on that."
Rye added that in today's political climate, the word "radical" was up for grabs.
"Remember this is now the second longest shutdown in government history, so the least we can do is talk about whether or not people are paying their fair share," she said, which has left 800,000 federal workers without a paycheck while they're still forced to show up to work. "If you want to talk about radical, let's talk about people having to work for free to secure your livelihood for free. That's radical."
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