Read that title. Seriously. Read it. You probably think I am exaggerating in some way, right?
You probably think they are criticizing who Romney chose to give charity to, or that his paying more in taxes was for some sort of nefarious purpose.
But, you would be wrong.
Go ahead. Read the article bel
Kornacki pointed out that Romney violated his own criteria for being president by paying more than the minimum that is required. Kornacki laughed noting that Romney had previously said that paying more in taxes than is the legal obligation would disqualify him for the job.
“I’m sorry, it’s just comical if nothing else,” said Kornacki to the laughs of many of his fellow co-hosts.
“I think you’re better than this” said a straight-faced Cupp. “This is a man who was lambasted as a cheat and a liar, someone who was dishonest for months. Harry Reid said he paid no taxes. That’s shameful. He owes him an apology.”
“S.E., we only have returns for 2011,” Kornacki replied.
“This is a man who gave 44 percent of his money away,” said Cupp. “You’re better than this.”
Kornacki said that it is fair to continue to criticize Romney for holding back tax returns because Democrats called for 10 years of returns.
“It’s irresponsible,” Cupp shot back. “He got his name right and he disqualified himself. Got it.”
“The claim is he didn’t pay for 10 years. We have two years now,” said Kornacki.
“It’s not that he actually paid 14.1 percent in 2011, or that he gave 44 percent of his income to charity and taxes in 2011. The story you want to make is that one day he said, ‘I’d be disqualified if I voluntarily paid more.’ That’s the story you want to make,” said Cupp.
“He would have actually paid 9 percent if he didn’t artificially inseminate the number,” said Touré.
“He didn’t artificially do anything,” said Cupp.
“Yes he did – he paid more than he was supposed to,” Touré replied. He said that the Romney campaign released these returns today only to distract the press from continuing to press him on his comments about the 47 percent of people who pay no income taxes.
“So, when he doesn’t release it he’s a liar and he’s got something to hide, and when he does he’s out of ideas,” Cupp responded.
“I go back to the Bible,” Touré concluded. “The rich man giving a bunch means less than the poor person giving a penny.”