Pitchforks? Dem Senator Uses Violent Metaphor in Tax Hike Fight
GLENN: I want to play I want to play some audio for you. We just told you
about the coming Latino revolt according to Luis Gutierrez. We just played
Ronald Reagan, Jr., the ends justify the means, bring a knife or a gun to fight
for social justice. You have to do what you have to do to fight for social
justice. Now let's play Cut 176, Claire McCaskill. Here's what she says if taxes
aren't raised on the wealthy.
McCASKILL: I'm trying to find out how anyone can keep a straight face and say
they are for deficit reduction while they insist on a permanent tax cut for the
wealthiest Americans, completely unpaid for. Now, they want to say this is class
warfare. Well, you know, in a way it is because we're fighting for the middle
PAT: It's not your money. It's not your money, honey.
McCASKILL: We are fighting for the middle class. Frankly the middle class hasn't
had enough champions in America.
GLENN: We need labor unions.
McCASKILL: 70% of Americans don't itemize deductions. So that big old complex
tax code, it's been written for wealthy America.
GLENN: Yes, it has. Special exceptions.
McCASKILL: The one that I and then you get to the very, very top where a lot of
these people's income is all about dividends and capital gains and not even
ordinary income and they have all kinds of ways
PAT: Let's do a flat tax.
McCASKILL: that they can use the tax code to avoid paying tax.
GLENN: She sounds like she's for a flat tax.
PAT: Yeah, doesn't it?
GLENN: That sounds great. I'm for her 100% on this.
PAT: Yeah. And everybody pays the same rate.
GLENN: Yeah, including Charlie Rangel.
PAT: And here's the thing. When you make a million dollars and you pay the same
rate as somebody who makes $30,000, guess what. The millionaire pays more.
STU: Really? How does that happen? It seems like the same number. You said the
PAT: I know, I know. But 15% of a million is more than 15% of $30,000.
STU: Wow, that's convenient.
PAT: It's complicated, but
GLENN: But the progressive income tax works so much better. I mean, I know the
former communists in Russia don't think so.
GLENN: You know.
GLENN: But it's so much better, isn't it?
PAT: Yeah. Well, apparently not.
GLENN: The progressive income tax.
PAT: Apparently not. And it's never progressive enough for these progressives.
GLENN: I know. So here she is.
McCASKILL: This is about leveling the playing field for what has always made our
country different than everyone else.
GLENN: We never level the playing field.
McCASKILL: That is a strong vibrant middle class.
GLENN: Yes, that's view.
McCASKILL: And I will tell you this.
PAT: Tell us.
GLENN: Tell me.
McCASKILL: If they think it's okay to raise taxes
GLENN: You hear her calculating?
McCASKILL: For the embattled middle class.
GLENN: She's editing right now.
McCASKILL: Because they're gonna pout.
McCASKILL: If we don't give more money to millionaires.
McCASKILL: It really is time for the people of America to take up pitchforks.
GLENN: You'll notice because I do this for a living. I do this I ad lib for a
living. Four hours a day on national television. Probably more than is there
anybody else? Is there anybody else that does more scrutinized four hours of
broadcast every day? I don't think so. I don't think so.
PAT: Probably not.
GLENN: And it's ad libbed. It's ad libbed. These are all my words. And so I know
and I can hear, because I know when I'm ad libbing and I'm saying something and
when I'm like, want to say something and then I... be... very... let me... time
to pick up the pitchforks. That's not what she wanted to say. She was editing.
She was thinking about, how's the best way? I've got to be very careful on this.
I have to be very careful on this. That's not what she wanted to say, pick up
the pitchforks. What did you want to say, Claire? Seriously? Shall we leave it
to Van Jones? Let me play Van Jones here from just a couple of days ago, the
recipe for a battleground by Van Jones, a, quote, nightmare scenario.
VAN JONES: A potential nightmare scenario.
GLENN: Potential nightmare scenario.
VAN JONES: where we're going to be as a nation more ethically diverse.
GLENN: Where we're more ethically diverse.
VAN JONES: More culturally diverse.
GLENN: More culturally diverse.
VAN JONES: But, less and less economically prosperous.
GLENN: Stop for a second. So he's saying here that we are headed for a nightmare
scenario. Now, let me just say this. As I explain the nightmare scenario, I want
you just to think of these two words: Melting pot. Melting pot. He says we're
headed for a nightmare scenario where we are more and more ethnically diverse,
more and more culturally diverse, and then we have tough economic times. See,
what brings people together is to not separate them by language, by culture, and
by income. These are the guys who said separate by culture. All cultures should
be celebrated equally. There is no American culture. These are the guys who said
teach Spanish. They don't need to learn English. And these are also the people
who are dividing us in class warfare.
So he's describing, what did he say? A nightmare scenario, a recipe for a
battleground. Van, this was your plan from the beginning. Because what you're
describing is what you've done. You're the one saying that it's the white rich
man that is poisoning Hispanics. Your words, not mine. You have been planting
these seeds because you wanted a violent revolution from the beginning. You have
never gone back mainly because no one in the press will force you to answer the
question. Do you now say that a violent overthrow of the United States
government, an oppressive regime your words, not mine is off the table? Are you
now saying that that's not a good idea? Are you now saying I must reject all of
my Communist Manifesto ideas and all of my violent revolutionary ideas that I
was spouting and writing about and encouraging people to do within the last ten
years? Are you now rejecting all of these things, Van Jones? No. No, he's not.
No, he's not. He has just cleansed himself and put on a tie. And he has gone
through the Tides Foundation and the Apollo Alliance and the Center For American
Progress, and they've made him into a legitimate guy by having him speak at all
of the cool universities and get all of the great awards so he can be cleansed.
But he hasn't changed one single view.
So let's just see what we have. Claire McCaskill: Time to get the pitchforks.
Luis Gutierrez saying that there is a coming Latino revolt, and it won't be
beholden to anyone and it will reflect the 1960s. You have Ronald Reagan, Jr.
saying the ends justify the means: Bring guns to fight for social justice, you
have to do what you have to do. And Van Jones outlining the nightmare scenario,
a recipe for a battleground.