NY Mayor De Blasio: ‘We Will Tax the Hell Out of the Wealthy’
2020 longshot highlights his 'progressive credentials' at debate
Presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio boasted his progressive credentials on Wednesday's debate, riling against former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
The New York City mayor promised he would "raise taxes" on wealthy Americans if he wins the election.
“For 40 years the working people have taken it on the chin in this country," de Blasio said.
"For 40 years the rich got richer, and they paid less and less in taxes. It cannot go on this way,” he added.
“When I am president, we will even up the score."
"We will tax the hell out of the wealthy to make this a fairer country.”
De Blasio took shots at Biden and Harris.
“Joe Biden told wealthy donors that nothing fundamentally would change if he were president," de-Blasio said.
"Kamala Harris said she’s not trying to restructure society. Well, I am,” he added.
CLOSING STATEMENTS:— Oloye Olasupo B (@SupoLloyd) August 1, 2019
“If we're going to beat Donald Trump, we have to be a party that stands for something... Donald, you're the real socialist, the problem is, it's socialism for the rich” - DE-BLASIO #DemDebate
De Blasio said in January, before announcing his presidential run, that all residents of New York City should receive "free" health care, including illegal aliens.
Last month, de Blasio said a government-run health care system that offered gender reassignment surgeries would have his support.
De Blasio told reporters at the New York City Pride parade he would support Medicare for all if it covered gender reassignment.
“Absolutely. We have to respect everyone’s medical needs,” de Blasio said.
“If someone needs surgery to be full and to live their life fully — the idea is a health care system that actually serves everyone to the fullest, not a health care system that rations and causes people to struggle to get just a little health care,” he added.