Senator Rand Paul went on The View recently to defend America’s helpless upper class against the basic needs of the unwashed masses below them and to promote his book “The Case Against Socialism.”
Paul started off by calling the American taxation system “progressive” and claiming that people making under $50,000 a year pay no income tax, drawing disbelieving noises from the crowd.
Rand Paul went on The View and said the 1% has it worse than the working class when it comes to taxes. The audience was right to laugh at him. In 2018, the average effective tax rate for the richest 400 families was 23%. For the bottom half of US households, it was 24%. pic.twitter.com/rcyv1Gw8S5— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 11, 2019
He then went on to talk about the high tax burden of the top 1% at which point the audience simply began laughing at him.
Rand Paul gets laughed at by The View audience after saying that the 1% has it worse than the working class when it comes to taxes.pic.twitter.com/tjtc5GJfm3— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) October 11, 2019
The reaction was similar online where people didn’t take kindly to the wealthy Libertarian’s insinuation that the rich have it harder than the poor nor his claim that they don’t pay income tax.
And the crowd has some points:
This chart really drives home how the ultra-rich have successfully lobbied to rewrite the tax code to their benefit. From @gabriel_zucman's forthcoming book. https://t.co/MaYVXtobJ8 pic.twitter.com/49v8QNHuvW— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) October 9, 2019
So did the people on Twitter who had a few choice words for the senator:
Hey @RandPaul – I make less than $50K/yr and I pay thousands in income tax. Also just fyi that big ol’ tax cut reduced my usual refund (of only part of the tax I pay) by half. So I would suggest you not make untrue statements because the general public has had our fill of that. https://t.co/nDXUfETyu6
— Aunt Eeeeeep 😱 (@aunteef) October 11, 2019
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 11, 2019
Rand Paul has somehow pulled off the trick of being pathetically disappointing to every constituency across the ideological spectrum, simultaneously. https://t.co/ZSfOn89cmx
— David Roberts (@drvox) October 11, 2019
At least he’s a snappy dresser.
this is bad for obvious reasons, but also why is rand paul dressed as austin powers https://t.co/ps9LvoK0R5
— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) October 11, 2019
Paul also had a testy exchange with Ana Navarro about Venezuela.