The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Many far-right Republicans haven’t been shy about making hysterical, exaggerated, or wildly inaccurate claims about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). And one claim that definitely falls into the “wildly inaccurate” category can be attributed to Steve Bannon, ex-White House strategist in the Trump Administration and former executive chairman of Breitbart News.

The Daily Beast has obtained a clip of Bannon being interviewed in July 2018 for director Alison Klayman’s documentary The Brink. In the clip, Bannon claims that during Ocasio-Cortez’ congressional primary victory speech of June 2018, she trumpeted her desire to impeach Trump. But according to Klayman, AOC didn’t mention Trump at all during that speech.

When Klayman asks Bannon about Ocasio-Cortez in the clip, he responds, “I think she’s amazing, and here’s why. She came to the microphone, and what’s the first thing she said on her victory night? I’m here to impeach Donald Trump.”

Klayman set Bannon straight, noting that impeaching Trump wasn’t mentioned in AOC’s June 2018 victory speech.

“I thought it [was] definitely part of her speech…. One of her big things was ‘impeach Trump’ during that night,” Bannon insisted.

On June 26, 2018, AOC shocked the political world by handsomely defeating long-time Rep. Joe Crowley — a high-ranking Democrat — in a congressional Democratic primary. Klayman explained to the Beast, “I wanted to know what Bannon thought of her at this moment, and as you see, he expresses some admiration for her and then goes on to completely mischaracterize her victory speech, falling back on a caricature of a hysterical Democrat triggered by Trump. She didn’t mention Trump once in her whole speech.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to defeat Republican nominee Anthony Pappas by a landslide in the general election in November 2018. She has been calling for Trump’s impeachment in recent weeks, but after her victory over Crowley in June 2018, impeachment wasn’t one of the things Ocasio-Cortez addressed.

Klayman told the Beast, “Now, [Bannon] knows who AOC is. And now, after the Mueller report, she is speaking out about impeachment for Trump. But in filming this scene, it was immediately evident to me how hollow much of what he presents as ‘analysis’ is.’”

The Brink will be released digitally this Tuesday and on DVD on June 18.

IMAGE: Steve Bannon screenshot from The Brink.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Supreme Court of the United States

YouTube Screenshot

A new analysis is explaining the disturbing circumstances surrounding the overturning of Roe v. Wade and how the U.S. Supreme Court has morphed into an entity actively working toward authoritarianism.

In a new op-ed published by The Guardian, Jill Filipovic —author of the book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness—offered an assessment of the message being sent with the Supreme Court's rollback of the 1973 landmark ruling.

Keep reading... Show less

Billionaires

YouTube Screenshot

After a year of reporting on the tax machinations of the ultrawealthy, ProPublica spotlights the top tax-avoidance techniques that provide massive benefits to billionaires.

Last June, drawing on the largest trove of confidential American tax data that’s ever been obtained, ProPublica launched a series of stories documenting the key ways the ultrawealthy avoid taxes, strategies that are largely unavailable to most taxpayers. To mark the first anniversary of the launch, we decided to assemble a quick summary of the techniques — all of which can generate tax savings on a massive scale — revealed in the series.

1. The Ultra Wealth Effect

Our first story unraveled how billionaires like Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos were able to amass some of the largest fortunes in history while paying remarkably little tax relative to their immense wealth. They did it in part by avoiding selling off their vast holdings of stock. The U.S. system taxes income. Selling stock generates income, so they avoid income as the system defines it. Meanwhile, billionaires can tap into their wealth by borrowing against it. And borrowing isn’t taxable. (Buffett said he followed the law and preferred that his wealth go to charity; the others didn’t comment beyond a “?” from Musk.)

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}