Maria Elvira Salazar, a former Republican congressional candidate, took to Fox News on Thursday to falsely claim that America’s richest individuals pay “99 percent” of the taxes in the United States, reports Newsweek.
“Remember that 1 percent of this country pays 99 percent of the taxes,” Salazar said during Thursday morning’s segment of Fox & Friends. “The 1 percent, the most richest people, pay 99 percent of the taxes.”
Salazar added that she is “not in that group and I’m sure probably millions of people that are watching me are not either. But we don’t want to change that system because then otherwise we’re going to have a classless society. One class, the poor one.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade, who failed to fact-check to her false claim, quickly switched the subject to “freeloaders” and said that “the problem is that we have so many social programs we can’t afford them and we’re $20 million in debt.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the top one percent of U.S. taxpayers will pay about 43 percent of the country’s income tax in 2018.
Households that are in the top 20 percent will pay about 87 percent of income taxes, a slight increase from 2017.
Fox guest Maria Elvira Salazar falsely claims that “the one percent, the richest people, pay 99 percent of the taxes” in the United States. They actually pay just over 45 percent of all income taxes. pic.twitter.com/FRsml0PhdA
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Salazar went on to warn against socialism, railing against the new wave of democratic socialism in Congress.
“We have to be concerned that one of the major political parties of this country is trying to glorify the benefits of socialism,” Salazar said, criticizing progressive lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Socialism is one of the most perverse and evil systems that the human race has ever known besides slavery.”
Salazar added that socialism essentially “destroys the concept that you reap what you sow” and “destroys those who want to produce wealth for the benefits of society.”