Fox's Charles Payne: Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives put out ideas they “know [are] wrong to prove a political point.”

Payne: AOC is “coming from a social justice kind of thing. And they try to wrap it around economics and it doesn't work.”

From the February 22 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

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BILL HEMMER (CO-HOST): Rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taking some heat after the collapse of the Amazon deal here in New York.


HEMMER: What do you think of the point he's making? 

CHARLES PAYNE (FOX BUSINESS HOST): You know, there's obviously, I'm not sure what she knows to be honest with you. You know, sometimes I think when it comes to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives, they put things out there that in my heart of hearts I know that they know that they're wrong about. And it is, I think it is unfortunate if you extend a wrong, if you promote something that you know is wrong to prove a political point. Having said that, I think she is not bad. I think she's good because we are talking about things, the minutia, tax credits. When is the last time you had this many conversations on national television in the spotlight about how tax credits work? How you lure businesses?


HEMMER: So, she's responded to this now, OK, I just want to get in her comments. She put this out on Twitter. She said, “Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I don't understand how tax giveaways to corporations work is disappointing. No, it's not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate must be over my intelligence and understanding, instead of the merits of the deal,” end tweet.

PAYNE: She's essentially saying you're mansplaining to me, right. Again, you know, listen, again, I think that she probably was confused about some of the things. But I think ultimately what she -- she's coming from a social justice kind of thing. And they try to wrap it around economics and it doesn't work. What she was really -- what she was worried about or what she is fighting against is, hey, these large corporations always seem to be getting all of the breaks. That's something that most Americans believe. So if you have to say, well, why didn't Amazon pay taxes for the last two years? How could the richest man on the planet not pay taxes? Maybe we should get that out there and figure out why that's happening so we can maybe quell some of this anger rather than stoke it. 


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