Newly elected freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has certainly made headlines after a surprising rise to politics with a resume touting bar-tending as her previous career.
She has generated a lot of buzz within the ranks of socialist Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders and those who support him.
Almost daily, she is making new headlines, many of which are not the kind of headlines most people would be too excited about.
Following the Super Bowl, Ocasio-Cortez claimed NFL owners who don’t hire Colin Kaepernick would pay her suggested 70 percent tax, which sounds like a threat.
According to CNS News: “On the morning after the Super Bowl, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.), who has called for a 70-percent marginal income tax rate, sent out a Tweet observing that under her tax plan NFL owners “who refuse to hire Kaepernick” would be forced pay that 70 percent rate.”
She also stated that NFL players would not face the same taxation rate as owners.
“The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her tweet.
“The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though,” she added.
For those that don’t remember, Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started a movement among players to kneel during the national anthem.
NFL.com quoted Kaepernick explaining why he did so in an Aug. 27, 2016 article:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick’s disrespect for the flag of a county that provided him so many opportunities did not bode well with most of the country, other than those still focusing on fueling divide.
Since making those comments, coupled with a talent that is average at best, Kaepernick has not and will probably never play in the NFL again.