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Michael Moore Is Convinced This Young Dem Would Beat Trump If They Were Old Enough To Run



Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore suggested Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would likely beat President Donald Trump in 2020 — that is if she were old enough to run for president.

Moore said it’s “too bad” that the Constitution requires whoever runs for the presidency to be no younger than 35.

“We need to lower that,” he said, noting that if the age requirement were lowered to 30, then Ocasio-Cortez would be in the running. “She is the leader, everybody knows it, everybody feels it, she’s the leader of this mass movement.”

“I’m not talking about a movement in terms of an organization,” he clarified. “I’m talking about a Fox News poll this week where that said 70 percent of the American public agree with her on having the top marginal rate for the rich, their taxes. 70 percent on the rich. That’s a Fox News poll.”

Moore is referring to a Fox News poll released last Thursday that found voters “prefer increasing spending on domestic programs over cutting taxes and reducing spending, and their preferred way to finance that spending — is tax the wealthy”:

Fifty-one percent of voters want to spend more on programs such as infrastructure, national defense, education, and health care. That includes 63 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of independents, and 39 percent of Republicans.

Forty percent prefer the federal government cut taxes, spending, and regulations.

At the same time, there is broad support for increasing taxes on the wealthiest families. Voters support tax increases on families making over $10 million annually by a 46-point margin (70 percent favor-24 percent oppose), and support a hike on those making over $1 million by 36 points (65-29 percent).

Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a new marginal tax rate of 70 percent on income over $10 million. Her critics have mischaracterized this as a tax on all income. In fact, the rate would only be applied to every dollar earned after a person made $10 million in a single year. Income below that threshold would still be taxed at 37 percent.

“You look at our tax rates back in the sixties and when you have a progressive tax rate system, your tax rate, let’s say from zero to $75,000, maybe 10 percent or 15 percent, etc,” she said during an interview with Anderson Cooper on January 6. “But once you get to the tippy-tops — on your 10 millionth dollar — sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent. That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate, but it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”