Ocasio-Cortez says 'tax the rich' as 2020 Democrats debate taxation

Ocasio-Cortez says 'tax the rich' as 2020 Democrats debate taxation
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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris MORE (D-N.Y.) bluntly stated "Tax the rich" on Twitter Tuesday night as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debated matters such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE's proposed wealth tax. 

Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign, made the statement as Warren faced scrutiny from a range of candidates, including Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup MORE (D-Minn.) and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: Majority of voters now say the government should have a universal basic income program The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump threatens Postal Service funding l Biden proposes national mask mandate l Democratic convention takes shape Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention MORE, about the potential impacts of her proposed wealth tax. 

Warren, who has seen her support gradually increase throughout the election cycle, has made a wealth tax a centerpiece of her campaign. The proposal calls for imposing a 2 percent tax on the wealth of people with more than $50 million in assets, while those with assets more than $1 billion would face a 3 percent tax.  


"I think this is about our values as a country. Right now in America, the top one-tenth of one percent have so much wealth," Warren said, later asking,"My question is not why do Bernie and I support a wealth tax, it's why does everyone else on the stage think it is more important to protect billionaires than it is to invest in an entire generation of Americans?"

"No one is supporting billionaires," former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE quickly responded. 

Klobuchar later took aim at the proposal, saying that "no one on this stage wants to protect billionaires."


"Not even the billionaire wants to protect billionaires. We just have different approaches," she said. 

Yang also said that the wealth tax makes a lot of sense "in principle," but noted that it had been tried and failed in countries such as Germany and Sweden. 

"If we can't learn from the failed experiences of other countries, what can we learn from?" he asked. 

Addressing the issue, Sanders, who has been outspoken about inequality, reiterated his demand that the wealthiest in America start paying their fair share in taxes.

"If you are asking me, do I think we should demand that the wealthiest, top one-tenth of 1 percent start paying their fair share of taxes, so we can create a nation and a government that works for all of us — yes, that's exactly what I believe," Sanders said.