“Patriotic” Bill O’Reilly is so upset at the possibility of paying more taxes to the country he supposedly loves, he is threatening to leave it if Bernie Sanders becomes president.
O’Reilly made the announcement during a discussion with Fox News’ Ed Henry about the presidential campaign.
O’REILLY: If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I’m fleeing. I’m going to Ireland and they already know it. I shouldn’t say it publicly because that’ll get Sanders more votes, but I’m not gonna pay 90% of my income to that guy, I’m sorry. I’m not doin’ it.
Actually, it’s doubtful O’Reilly would have to pay 90% of his income. Though Sanders has previously said that he didn’t think 90% was too high, he has since specifically clarified he won’t raise taxes that high. From the CBS News November 14 Democratic primary debate:
QUESTION #3: Well, let’s get specific, how high [for taxes] would you go? You said before you’d go above 50%. How high?
BERNIE SANDERS: We haven’t come up with an exact number yet. But it will not be as high as the number under Dwight D. Eisenhower which was 90%. …I’m not a socialist compared to Eisenhower. (LAUGHTER) But-- (CHEERING) but—but we are gonna end the absurdity as Warren Buffet often reminds us …that billionaires pay an effective tax rate lower than nurses or truck drivers.
MARTIN O’MALLEY: I mean, (UNINTEL) under Ronald Reagan’s first term the highest marginal rate was 70%. And in talking to a lot of our neighbors who are in that super wealthy millionaire and billionaire category great numbers of them love their country enough to do more again in order to create more opportunity for America’s middle class.
Obviously O'Reilly was not one of those O'Malley talked to!
This is at least the fourth time we have caught O'Reilly threatening to stomp off with his money rather than pay more taxes. In 2011, he threatened to retire if his income taxes went over 50% and to stop investing “at the level I am now” if his capital gains taxes went over 20%. In 2012, he made a similar threat and said he’d move his money out of the country rather than pay higher taxes. That same month, he had also threatened to stop “aggressively putting any money in the market.”
After pledging to leave the country rather than live under a Sanders presidency, O’Reilly had the nerve to complain that Sanders won’t come on The O’Reilly Factor any more. “We made him who he is today,” O’Reilly said.
America could say the same thing to O’Reilly.
Watch it above, from the January 14 The O’Reilly Factor.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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