Americans support Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent tax rate on rich

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joe Lieberman

Asked at the White House to respond to her claim that he's a 'racist, ' Trump shook his head, waved dismissively and grimaced: 'Who cares?'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It's absolutely important.

In reacting on Twitter to Lieberman's comments last week, Ocasio-Cortez suggested Lieberman had been left behind by the changes in the Democratic Party.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter shortly thereafter, saying his dismissal means "We got under his skin". "I understand guys like this like the back of my hand". But it's- it's not the same thing as- as the president lying about immigrants.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi performs a ceremonial swearing-in for U.S. House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the start of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 3, 2019.

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As economists and historians hastened to point out after Ocasio-Cortez first floated the idea of raising the top marginal tax rate on the ultra-wealthy to 70 percent, similar and even higher rates were the norm for much of the 20th century. It's not the same thing, at all.

Ocasio-Cortez replied, "Because I think he's a symptom of a problem ..." Because I think he's a symptom of a problem. "But he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things".

"How can you say that?"

Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and already has been butting heads with her less progressive Democratic congressional peers. "Ocasio-Cortez's sheer ignorance on the matter can't cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform..." and ". has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms".

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