Republicans can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to trolling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, even if it ultimately makes them gluttons for punishment. Whether attempting to shame her over her wardrobe or dancing in an old college viral video, Ocasio-Cortez always somehow seems to come out on top. Such was the case when Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (of Pete Davidson feud fame) came at the newly sworn-in Congresswoman on Twitter on Sunday night over her proposed 70 percent tax rate for those who earn more than $10 million per year.
“Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal?” Crenshaw tweeted, after the New England Patriots won yet another Super Bowl. “Asking for a friend.”
“The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate,” Ocasio-Cortez accurately fired back, retweeting Crenshaw. “The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though.”
Indeed, Crenshaw’s logic appears to be flawed, as Ocasio-Cortez recently spelled out her tax rate while chatting with Stephen Colbert — which was actually the norm up until the 1980s.
“When we talk about a 70 percent marginal tax rate, it’s not on all of your income, it’s on your ten millionth and one dollar,” she explained. “So after you make $10 million dollars in one year, your dollars after that start to be progressively taxed at a much higher rate.”
And as usual, Twitter rejoiced at Ocasio-Cortez’s comeback:
Assuming Dan Crenshaw doesn’t make over $10 million per year, a 70 percent tax rate would also not even come close to affecting him, so this seems like a particularly egregious hill for him to die on. Not surprisingly, Crenshaw has not commented further since Ocasio-Cortez’s response.