The Rev. Al Sharpton is perhaps best known these days for his MSNBC show. This provides viewers with a daily diet of its host misreading his teleprompter and egregiously overusing the phrase, “I mean,what is he talking about?”
But there is much more to Sharpton than his left-leaning political worldview and unimpressive TV skills. He rose to national prominence in the 1980s when he falsely accused white law enforcement officials of raping a teenage African-American girl. After that, he moved on to incite anti-Semitic violence in Brooklyn and Harlem. This was his preparation for a later bid for the Democratic nomination for president. And now he is, as Politico described him, “Obama’s go-to man on race.”
That’s quite a climb.
And from his high perch he routinely condemns “people with private jets and all kinds of corporate loopholes” for not paying more taxes. He evinces particular distaste for what he calls the “Republican tax giveaway to millionaires.” In 2012, Sharpton attacked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for paying a mere 15 percent effective federal tax rate. Tsk, tsk — those millionaires who don’t pay their fair share!