Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has been described as the GOP's answer to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) -- but he got thoroughly roasted by his fellow freshman.
The Texas Republican applied Ocasio-Cortez's proposal for a 70 percent marginal tax rate to the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, and the New York Democrat and scores of other social media users let him have it.
"Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal?" Crenshaw tweeted. "Asking for a friend."
Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal? Asking for a friend.— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw)1549253835.0
Ocasio-Cortez replied to Crenshaw's tweet to point out that her proposal wouldn't apply to most NFL players, and jabbed team owners who refuse to sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick over his protest of racism and police violence.
The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate. The owners who refuse t… https://t.co/IIDqoSJgwN— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1549286894.0
Other Twitter users pointed out other glaring flaws in Crenshaw's argument.
The NFL has revenue sharing, a salary cap (and team spending floors), and a player entry draft designed to reward t… https://t.co/q6ceD4Z3dD— Adam Bonin (@Adam Bonin)1549290347.0
@DanCrenshawTX I've seen politicians make it clear they don't understand sports, and I've seen ones make it clear t… https://t.co/uAx9a21CXo— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1549291650.0
@DanCrenshawTX I'm not sure which is worse. 1) You've never heard of a salary cap. 2) You think progressive taxes… https://t.co/mozkx6spjw— kalbzayn (@kalbzayn)1549284562.0
@DanCrenshawTX You know it takes even less than 140 characters to just say: “I’m in Congress but still don’t know w… https://t.co/aszMbLM9Cd— Brian Sims (@Brian Sims)1549288607.0
@DanCrenshawTX How about we just stop giving teams our tax dollars for stadiums and call it even?— Master and Commander Dr. Austin PetersEn (@Master and Commander Dr. Austin PetersEn)1549286905.0
@DanCrenshawTX The NFL is about as socialist as it gets. Revenue sharing, free agency, salary cap. And every year a… https://t.co/WuOEt0XxaY— Kace Phillips (@Kace Phillips)1549254542.0
@DanCrenshawTX Do you ever get the feeling that people are laughing at you and not with you?— Toronno (@Toronno)1549279970.0
@DanCrenshawTX do you have to work extra hard to get this owned?— Depress Mode (@Depress Mode)1549287031.0
@DanCrenshawTX I see @SenTedCruz has competition for most embarrassing and uninformed elected official from Texas.— Adam G. (@Adam G.)1549287343.0
1) Learn how marginal tax rates work 2) The NFL has revenue sharing between teams, to the tune of billions of dolla… https://t.co/305JZZNQLg— area tweeter (@area tweeter)1549289597.0
My consulting service for preventing people from saying stupid sports things remains available. https://t.co/4WstIQLbW5— Joe Posnanski (@Joe Posnanski)1549287369.0
@DanCrenshawTX All this time being mad at kneeling football players and you guys never thought to once look up how the NFL works?— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker)1549292272.0
@DanCrenshawTX You should tell your friend they don’t understand how marginal taxes or professional football works— Mike (@Mike)1549287367.0
@DanCrenshawTX Ask your friend what a marginal tax rate is— Mooooose (@Mooooose)1549288962.0
@DanCrenshawTX Tell your friend it’s 70% on income above 10 million. It sounds like your friend isn’t very bright.— Scott Gilman (@Scott Gilman)1549292329.0
@DanCrenshawTX Did you see how adroitly @RepAOC uses Twitter and try to emulate? You fall short. Also, your underst… https://t.co/9Q2Pig1cJr— headless_snowman⛄️ (@headless_snowman⛄️)1549291388.0
@DanCrenshawTX not only does this not make sense, but the same “joke” has already been made many times by other sad… https://t.co/1p9DgsnnI6— marisa kabas (@marisa kabas)1549281203.0