Appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clarified her statements about imposing a 70% top marginal tax rate. She also said she gives "zero f*cks" about people telling her not to "make waves" with senior Democrats.
"It's not a new idea," she said about the high tax rates. "Under the Republican administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, we had 90 percent marginal tax rates."
"I do think that a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don't have access to public health is wrong," she also said.
"At what level are we really just living in excess," she asked, "and what kind of society do we want to live in?"
"People called Martin Luther King divisive in his time," Ocasio-Cortez reminded Colbert. "We forget he was wildly unpopular when advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we need to realize is that social movements should be the moral compass of our politics."