Crenshaw gets in Super Bowl scuffle with AOC when his ‘spread the wealth’ dig flies over Dem heads

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Freshman House Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez locked horns on Twitter as they traded barbs following Sunday’s Super Bowl game.

Crenshaw kicked off with a timely jab at his Democratic colleague in a tweet following the win by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII. The Texas Republican and former Navy SEAL, who lost his eye while serving in Afghanistan, knocked Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive ideas in a tweet about her proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate.

“Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal? Asking for a friend,” Crenshaw tweeted Sunday.

The Patriots now maintain the impressive distinction of winning six Super Bowl titles.  Crenshaw’s analogy was aimed at AOC’s ‘spread the wealth’ mantra, after all, too much winning (or success) is not allowed in Ocasio-Cortez’s view, according to her politics.

But Crenshaw’s point seemed to fly over the heads of many on Twitter, including Ocasio-Cortez.

“I’ve seen politicians make it clear they don’t understand sports, and I’ve seen ones make it clear they don’t understand taxes, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone do both at once,” Princeton history professor Kevin Kruse tweeted.

Former NFL star Donte Stallworth, who once played with the Patriots, could not understand what Crenshaw was saying.

 

Others also took shots at the wounded war veteran on Twitter.

By Monday morning, Ocasio-Cortez finally responded with a tweet of her own.

The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist defended her proposal, noting that most NFL players would not likely be affected, though team owners would, making a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who hasn’t played since 2017 after igniting controversy over kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest in America could certainly affect league owners, as noted by Market Watch:

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is worth $6.6 billion, according to Forbes, while Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who is married to WalmartWMT, +0.51% heiress Ann Walton, is worth $8.5 billion.

There were a few players on the field during the Super Bowl who would certainly be impacted, as well, including defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Rams and his $40 million salary. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s total earnings in 2018, Forbes estimates, were around $29 million.

 

Ocasio-Cortez has been repeatedly slammed for her proposed tax plan, with former Starbucks CEO and 2020 hopeful Howard Schultz calling the lawmaker out for demonizing billionaires, and even President Trump taking a jab at her plan with a tweet responding to events in Venezuela.

Many Twitter users saw Crenshaw’s point and came to his defense, slamming critics.

Crenshaw’s attempt to poke his House colleague on her tax plan was not the Texas Republican’s first shot at the New York lawmaker. Responding to her remarks about a video of her dancing being “scandalous,” Crenshaw tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez should “dance away.”

“What is scandalous is increasing income taxes to 70%,” he added, however. “Dancing’s great, but ideas matter more.”

Frieda Powers

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