Rep. Ilhan Omar: Tax the Wealthy Up to 90 Percent, to ‘Pay Their Fair Share’

‘The other thing we can do is we can tax corporations…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is proving she might be the most radical freshman Democrat recently elected to Congress.

In an interview with Yahoo News’s “Through Her Eyes,” Omar suggested that wealthy Americans should pay up to 90 percent in taxes to fund government programs.

Omar’s colleague, Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., previously said the rich should get taxed up to 70 percent.

But Omar wants to go farther.


“There are a few things that we can do,” Omar said when asked how she’ll fund radical initiatives like universal healthcare access. “One of them, is that we can increase the taxes that people are paying who are the extremely wealthy in our communities. So, 70 percent, 80 percent, we’ve had it as high as 90 percent. So, that’s a place we can start.”

“The one percent must pay their fair share,” she continued.

The national defense budget should also be stripped, Omar said.

“I’m also one that really looks at the defense budget that we have,” she said. “That has increased nearly 50 percent since 9/11. And so, most of the money that we have in there is much more than with we spend on education, on healthcare.”

Raising taxes and taking money from the Defense Department are a few ways Omar said the U.S. should fund socialist programs like Medicare for All and Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

But U.S. businesses won’t be immune either, she said.

“The other thing we can do is we can tax corporations or have them level out the gap that exists with their workers,” she said.

The “Through Her Eyes” host, Zainab Salbi, noted that even those who support extensive government programs like Medicare for All would never dare to suggest astronomical taxes, as Omar did.

When asked how she plans on gathering support for her socialist initiatives, Omar said: “A lot of us have been working to limit the influence of corporations and the uber wealthy have on Congress.”