AOC Calls Trump a ‘Walking Scam’ After NY Times Report on Tax Returns

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is scorching President Donald Trump after The New York Times published a report on the president’s tax returns.

The Times, after obtaining over two decades of Trump’s tax information, alleged in its article that Trump paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017. The outlet also reports that Trump “paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

Not holding back, Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at the president calling him a “walking scam.”

After noting she paid “thousands of dollars” in taxes per year in 2016 and 2017 “as a bartender,” she said on Twitter late Sunday, “[Trump] contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses [and] undocumented immigrants.”

“Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself,” she added. “A walking scam.”

In another tweet, the New York lawmaker recalled reports when “last year Republicans blasted a firehose of hatred [and] vitriol my way because I treated myself to a $250 cut [and] lowlights on my birthday.”

The Times reported:

“Mr. Trump has written off as business expenses costs — including fuel and meals — associated with his aircraft, used to shuttle him among his various homes and properties. Likewise the cost of haircuts, including the more than $70,000 paid to style his hair during ‘The Apprentice.’ Together, nine Trump entities have written off at least $95,464 paid to a favorite hair and makeup artist of Ivanka Trump.”

In response, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Where’s the criticism of their idol spending $70k on hairstyling? Oh, it’s nowhere because they’re spineless, misogynistic hypocrites? Got it.”

Trump dismissed the Times report as he said during Sunday’s press conference, “That is fake news. It’s totally fake news. Made up, fake,” as IJR reported.


  1. Come on, ed. The only folks who do not find the NYT a credible news source are the folks that believe a wall makes them safe, 3-5 million illegal votes for Hillary, no Russian interference in the 2016 election, Covid-19 is a “Democrat hoax,” and China is paying the Trump import tariffs. I believe some of those folks WANT to be conned because I don’t accept that all of you are that obtuse.

  2. ed, you do realize that a large company CAN hire or can consult with accountants to understand financial statements, right? Investigative journalists can do some amazing work, but having his tax forms makes THAT job really easy, don’t you think?

    Give his return to Katie Porter and on top of understanding them, she will be able to explain them so that even YOU can understand them.

  3. Sad that the NYT doesn’t have enough journalistic ability to vet and consider their reputation before printing this stuff without all the reasons why his returns show these numbers. Oh wait! They don’t have any reputation left!
    How much would AOC have to make as a bartender to pay that much? She wouldenl lie, would she?

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