Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has a great new idea. If he becomes president, he says he will use the IRS to take money away from white people and give it to blacks. That’s not too illegal, huh?
On Thursday, the flailing Democrat whose campaign for president seems already permanently stalled, suggested that he could use the tax code for “fix” income inequality by taking money from whites and sending it to blacks.
O’Rourke was speaking to a tiny group of about 100 Democrats in Salem, New Hampshire.
According to Fox News:
One person asked O’Rourke how he would use the tax code to help minorities. He first responded by detailing the difficulties African-Americans have faced in trying to build wealth in the face of what he said was institutional discrimination.
“What if in the tax code we did a better job of breaking down that accumulated wealth, of taxing it so it is not producing the greatest income and wealth inequality that we’ve seen in our lifetimes, unseen since the Gilded Age of the 19th century?” O’Rourke said after noting the wealth gap between black and white America. “What if we decided that we would use the proceeds to invest in people, in education?
Of course, this is entirely unconstitutional. But since when did Democrats ever care about the law or the constitution?
Fox also noted that a woman in the small group asked O’Rourke if he thought he had “white male privilege.”
“I can choose to do this as a white man, to involve myself in this conversation. I can just as easily choose to back out of it,” O’Rourke said.
“All I can tell you is I’m doing everything I can to listen to those who are experiencing this, to call it out as boldly and as plainly as I can,” he continued. “My commitment to you is to continue to do that, to acknowledge my privilege and the experience that is far different from others who are here right now.”
Well, that was a meaningless reply, wasn’t it?
In any case, recent polls have Beto down around five percent among the two dozen Democrat candidates. So, his star has already blinked out.
Once touted by the media as the man who could save the Democrats, Beto is already subject to media stories such as Politico’s recent piece entitled, “Beto’s Long History of Failing Upward.”
So, it appears that Democrats are finally realizing that Beto O’Rourke is an empty suit.
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