Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Robin Hood reference during a debate on tax reform earned him a trip back to school courtesy of Sen. Ted Cruz.
In a two-hour debate Wednesday at a CNN town hall, the Texas Republican unpacked the literary tale after Sanders attacked the GOP tax plan as being “a Robin Hood proposal in reverse.”
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 19, 2017
“I think Bernie fundamentally misunderstood that story,” Cruz said. “Robin Hood was robbing the tax collectors who were collecting too much taxes from the working men and women, and taking it for the rich.”
Early on in the event, Cruz accused the Vermont senator of attempting to raise taxes for the middle class. Sanders countered that the Republican plan was nothing more than a giveaway to the wealthy and “must be defeated.”
— CNN (@CNN) October 19, 2017
“In Bernie’s analogy,” Cruz explained, “it is the Democrats who are King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Robin Hood is saying: ‘Tax collectors, stop hammering people who are struggling, who are laboring in the fields, who are working, stop taking it to the castle to give out to your buddies.'”
— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) October 19, 2017
You just can’t beat Ted Cruz in a debate!!!! Poor Bernie loses again.
— Howdy Darren (@darren8843) October 19, 2017
As the two heatedly debated their points, there were moments of accord and humor.
— CNN (@CNN) October 19, 2017
Cruz wrapped up the debate in a nutshell, saying it was actually quite “simple.”
This debate is simple. Bernie and the Democrats want you all to pay more taxes. Republicans want to lower taxes for everyone #CNNDebateNight
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 19, 2017
And Sanders invoked the theme of “free” stuff…by raising taxes.
“Your taxes are going up,” Cruz argued when Sanders touted an increase in taxes at all levels to gain “free” public college tuition and universal health care. “That’s a rare moment of candor in Washington.”
.@BernieSanders on taxes: “Yes, you are going to pay more”
But says you will get “free health care, free child care,” kids can go to college
— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) October 19, 2017
So not free?
— Shawn McGowan (@NotShawnMcGowan) October 19, 2017
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 19, 2017
— Will Roberts (@Will_0004) October 19, 2017
If you PAY you can get it FREE. But only if you PAY. https://t.co/lcMvo76NXz
— Dustin is SOURCES ✭ (@dustinbennett76) October 19, 2017
So…not free. https://t.co/uJCk6xbyuM
— Krystle Schoonveld (@TarheelKrystle) October 19, 2017
You keep using that word, but i don’t think it means what you think it means…. https://t.co/3qE5eEzJxe
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 19, 2017
— Mary Elizabeth (@mchastain81) October 19, 2017
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