Hannity, de Blasio spar over taxes, meatless Mondays

Hannity, de Blasio spar over taxes, meatless Mondays
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New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement MORE (D) squared off with Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHannity knocks 'dumb' Mulvaney after White House press conference Donald Trump Jr. hits back at critics over hypocrisy claims Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE on Wednesday night in a wide-ranging interview that delved into topics such as tax rates for the wealthy and meatless Mondays in city schools.

The appearance by the Democratic presidential candidate comes as he has struggled in the polls, averaging just 0.2 percent in the RealClearPolitics average. He has not qualified for the next Democratic primary debate scheduled for mid-September.

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“Do you think that my money, that I’ve earned and saved, is in the wrong hands?” Hannity asked while noting that de Blasio said during the July Democratic debate that he wants to "tax the hell out of the wealthy."

De Blasio responded by asking Hannity if “your viewers feel that it’s OK that the wealthy have as much as they have and pay as little in taxes as they do? Do you think it’s OK that big corporations pay nothing in taxes? Amazon is one."

De Blasio has proposed a 70 percent tax rate on wealthy Americans.

Hannity challenged de Blasio to explain why he favors tax-funded health care for immigrants in New York City who are in the United States illegally.

“I want everybody who’s here to get health care. Because what’s happening right now? Folks go to the emergency room because they don’t have a doctor. And who’s paying for it? The same taxpayers,” de Blasio said.

Hannity also pressed de Blasio about his support for what's known as meatless Mondays in New York City schools. The program involves providing students one meatless lunch per week. 

"You know how I know #MeatlessMondays is a good idea? Because our students love it and Sean Hannity hates it," de Blasio wrote in March. "Meatless Mondays: coming to all 1,800 NYC schools this fall."

Hannity had mocked the idea on his TV and radio programs at the time.
 
On Wednesday, he challenged de Blasio to a bet, arguing that if a poll were taken of all schoolchildren in the city, they would support a Hannity meal plan, which he jokingly said includes McDonald's Mondays and Wendy's Wednesdays, over de Blasio's meatless Mondays.

"You willing to put money on that?" Hannity asked.

"You really are a threat to society," the mayor joked in return.
 
De Blasio then went on to say that "by doing this, we are helping kids to be healthier."
 
"We have an obesity problem in this country," he added.
 
Before doing the interview, de Blasio defended his decision to appear on the network. The Democratic National Committee earlier this year said it would not allow Fox News to air any of its primary debates.
 
“Millions and millions of Americans are watching and we shouldn’t stereotype them," de Blasio told NY1, a local cable news station in New York City, on Monday. "A lot of those folks watching are working people who are listening to change in one form or another. And I think it's important to challenge those right-wing voices. And while we're having a presidential election, we have to speak to all of America."
 
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