Charles Barkley – the NBA legend – mocked the policies of Donald Trump on Thursday night when the former athlete said he would “trickle (his) fat a*s down to the jewelry store” following the announcement of Trump’s tax plan. And while all may not agree with his politics, one can’t help but point to the wittiness of his joke which poked fun at the theory of “trickle-down economics.”
Barkley derisively said he would treat himself to more jewelry rather than pushing his money back into the economy to create more jobs.
While on the show, Inside the NBA – on TNT – another co-host asked Barkley what he got for Christmas and he said “that Republican tax cut.”
Barkley made the joke before launching into a diatribe which criticized the theory of “trickle-down economics,” the idea that tax cuts stimulate economic growth, therefore, more jobs.
Barkley said he wouldn’t “pass it (his wealth) to nobody.” The former basketball player added that he can always count on the Republicans to benefit the rich and not the middle-class or even the poor – a common critique from those who are in favor of government social welfare programs as well as increased taxes on those who make more money.
However, the opposing argument is that hypothetically speaking, if Charles were to buy a Rolex in America, it would benefit the company who made it as well as all those who it employs.
As you may know, Barkley isn’t the only entertainer to criticize Trump’s new tax plan. Dave Chappelle – in a new segment from his upcoming comedy special, Equanimity – said Trump cares not about the poor, but the rich. He said those who voted for him are “dumb motherf*ckers.”