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Fox News anchor admits ‘we sound like people sucking up to billionaires’ for bashing Rep AOC’s tax plan

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Fox News personality Jesse Waters admitted on Saturday that the network looks awful trying to defend billionaires from taxation.

“In her endless quest to take your hard-earned money out of your hands, liberal lightening-rod Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is sticking by her 70 percent tax plan on incomes over $10 million,” Waters complained.

Waters played a clip of Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, explaining marginal tax rates during an appearance on Showtime’s “Desus and Mero” show.

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“In my opinion, I think what she’s doing when saying, ‘Isn’t $10 million enough?’ — I think that’s unAmerican,” Waters said.

“Do you agree?” Waters asked Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo.

“It is unAmerican, Jesse,” Bartiromo replied.

According to Fox News’ own polling, 70 percent of registered voters in America support increasing taxes on incomes over $10 million.

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Fox News poll on tax increases conducted in January (screengrab)

Later in the segment, Waters acknowledged the unfavorable optics of their position.

“Now, we sound like people sucking up to billionaires,” Waters admitted. “That’s how the Democrats are going to run, they’re going to run on attacking billionaires.”

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“How does the Republican Party combat that smear that Republicans are just the party of the rich?” he asked.

“You have to address the underlying problem that the left is bringing up, and that is there is income inequality, still,” Bartiromo replied.

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Internet laughs off press secretary’s claims of presidential calm: ‘How often has Trump struck you as ‘measured’

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President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.

It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."

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Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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Here are the two Trump claims that the Pentagon chief refused to vouch for

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The White House meeting Wednesday afternoon didn't go well for either party, according to their counterparts. Both sides are dishing on details, including a Democratic aide who said that there were two of President Donald Trump's claims that his own Pentagon chief wouldn't vouch for.

At the onset of the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began by reading a quote from Gen. James Mattis, who briefly served in Trump's administration.

"But POTUS cut Schumer off," reported PBS News correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Trump then "said that Gen Mattis was: 'the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month."

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