Charles Barkley always comes in hot. His comments on the tax reform are no different. Barkley had a laugh at the expense of poor people when discussing how he will use the tax cut he’ll get under the new tax law.
While speaking about trickle-down economics, Barkley said, he was “gonna trickle my fat ass down to the jewelry store to get me a new Rolex.” He closed it out with “Sorry, poor people.”
Here are all of Barkley’s comments:
“They say it’s gonna trickle down — I’m gonna trickle my fat ass down to the jewelry store to get me a new Rolex. … Thank you, Republicans. I know I can always count on y’all to take care of us rich people, the one percenters. Sorry, poor people. I’m hoping for y’all, but y’all ain’t got no chance.
Charles Barkley On Tax Reform
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“Thank you, Republicans. I know I can always count on y’all to take care of us rich people, the 1 percenters,” Barkley said. “Sorry, poor people. I’m hoping for y’all, but y’all don’t have no chance.”
Of course, if Barkley does buy his luxury watch, there would be some trickle-down benefit to the store where he makes the purchase and to American taxpayers, who will benefit from the sales tax on the Rolex, which ranges in price from $5,700 to $440,000.
But the largest benefit would obviously go to Rolex itself, which is based in Geneva.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that Barkley has endeared himself to Democrats. Last week, he condemned Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct with multiple teenage girls.
“We’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said at a rally for Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Moore.
Barkley isn’t the first wealthy black entertainer to joke that the Republican tax bill is more helpful to people like him than poor and middle-class whites who helped elect Trump last year. This week, standup comedian Dave Chappelle also cast Republican priorities in that context.
“I listened to them say naive, poor-white-people things: ‘Man, Donald Trump’s gonna go to Washington and he’s gonna fight for us,'” Chappelle said in a clip from his new Netflix special. “I’m standing there thinking in my mind, ‘You dumb, motherfucker. You. Are. Poor. He’s fighting for me.'”
The Hill on Charles Barkley
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The tax bill was signed into play by President Donald Trump on Friday. More than 80% of Americans are going to get a tax break. Corporate taxes are going to be nearly cut in half. Obamacare’s mandate is gone and the estate tax has been gutted.
The left will continue to ignore what the tax law actually does and just rip the Republican Party for only caring about the rich. “The rich get richer” and other slogans like that will be tossed around nonsensically. Meanwhile, 80% of people will benefit with a tax break thanks to the new tax law.