While speaking with Joy Reid on “AM Joy” on Saturday, Bruce Bartlett, a former policy adviser for former President Ronald Reagan, was discussing how the current GOP tax bill is detrimental to the poor. In his opinion, the tax bill is going to treat poor families so badly it's “akin to rape.”
"What would be the justification in your mind that Republicans would have for raising taxes on lower-income people? Because, they, you know, they spend all of their income, so why raise taxes on them,” Reid asked.
“It really defies comprehension,” Bartlett said. “Maybe they think that the poor have it so easy that they need to have to pay more taxes to force them to go out and work more.”
“It really ... the amazing thing is that people seem to be accepting this so meekly and mildly. It’s really akin to rape. It really is,” he concluded.
Reid continued the conversation without questioning the comparison.
Watch the moment below.