Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes ‘than waitresses and undocumented immigrants’ | TheHill – The Hill

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWill Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick ‘threatens’ Affordable Care Act MORE on Sunday over a report in The New York Times detailing his personal tax contributions over the past 20 years.

In a tweet, the freshman New York lawmaker pointed to the taxes reportedly paid by the president and former media mogul in 2016 and 2017 — $750 a year — as being less than she paid while working as a bartender in New York City prior to her election to office in 2018.

“In 2016 & ‘17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes *as a bartender.* Trump paid $750,” she tweeted. “He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses & undocumented immigrants.

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“Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself,” she continued. “A walking scam.”

A second tweet from the New York Democrat minutes later pointed to a part of the Times’s report revealing how the president had deducted numerous expenses usually handled by Americans as personal expenses, such as his hairstyling expenses, as business-related in order to avoid taxes.

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“Last year Republicans blasted a firehose of hatred + vitriol my way because I treated myself to a $250 cut & lowlights on my birthday,” she tweeted. “Where’s the criticism of their idol spending $70k on hairstyling? Oh, it’s nowhere because they’re spineless, misogynistic hypocrites? Got it.”

The information targeted for ridicule by Ocasio-Cortez was part of a wide-ranging Times investigation into the president’s tax expenses, published Sunday, that revealed how little the president paid in taxes in recent years as well as the extent of his businesses losses — many of the Trump Organization’s properties reported losing millions in the returns reported by the Times.

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The president addressed the report at a press briefing Sunday, calling it “totally fake news,” and by claiming that his taxes remain under audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

A lawyer for the Trump Organization told the Times that “most, if not all,” of the Times’s reporting was inaccurate.

“Over the past decade, President Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015,” the lawyer said.

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