“I try not to curse, but…” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims in a post retweeting a vulgar comment she made in a recent Vanity Fair interview.
“These mother**kers are only paying $750 a year in taxes,” Ocasio-Cortez says in Vanity Fair’s “AOC’s Next Four Years,” published online Wednesday:
When we first sat down in her Bronx office, the New York Times had just published its bombshell investigation of Trump’s taxes. Talking about it winds up Ocasio-Cortez, her tie-dyed mask pulled down to eat a sandwich. “These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money,” she says, “when these motherfuckers are only paying $750 a year in taxes.”
But, as the very New York Times article Ocasio-Cortez referenced admits, President Trump actually paid $24.3 million in taxes during the period covered, via the payment of an alternative minimum tax (ATM):
Mr. Trump paid alternative minimum tax in seven years between 2000 and 2017 — a total of $24.3 million, excluding refunds he received after filing. For 2015, he paid $641,931, his first payment of any federal income tax since 2010.
As he settled into the Oval Office, his tax bills soon returned to form.
The $750 cited by The New York Times article is only one year’s federal income tax, which does not include the millions Trump paid in the form of the ATM over the seven-year period reported.
Continuing her vulgar, though inaccurate, attack on Trump in the Vanity Fair interview, Ocasio-Cortez called the president a “racist visionary” and said that November’s election isn’t a choice between two candidates, but “between two countries”:
Within a week Trump was in the hospital with COVID-19 and Mitch McConnell was plowing ahead with Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings. “Trump is the racist visionary,” AOC says, “but McConnell gets the job done. He doesn’t do anything without Trump’s blessing. Trump says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell says, ‘How high?’ Trump never does what McConnell says.”
“This is not about a decision between two candidates,” Ocasio-Cortez says solemnly. “It’s about a decision between two countries.”
Replying to a tweet by conservative commentator Laura Ingraham on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez said cursing at Pres. Trump in Vanity Fair was “100% worth it” – and she’d do it again, if given another opportunity.
While Ingraham's tweet criticized Ocasio-Cortez for wearing extremely expensive clothing in her pictures in the article cursing the president for his $750 payment, those clothes were on loan from Vanity Fair, Ocasio-Cortez says.