The "Outnumbered" panel on Friday discussed the growing divide in the Democratic Party over some confirmed or possible 2020 candidates' push for increased taxes on the rich.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called for the richest Americans to pay their "fair share" and stop being "freeloaders," as has Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), while billionaire businessmen Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg have lamented the increase of wealth-shaming.

Radio host Michael Slater said Democrats calling for higher taxes on the rich and accusing them of not contributing enough reminds him of former President Obama's infamous "you didn't build that" remark.

He said that Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, has been reasonable and measured in his criticism of some Democratic proposals, like free college and Medicare-for-all, which would cost trillions of dollars.


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Melissa Francis said it comes down to a common question: "Is government the solution or is government, oftentimes, the problem?"

Harris Faulkner noted that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) floated taxing the wealthy at a rate of up to 90 percent in a recent interview, and Omar's fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has also advocated significantly increasing taxes on the wealthy.

Jessica Tarlov said "hewing to the left" is a winning strategy for the Democratic primary, so that's what many candidates or potential candidates will do.

Watch the discussion above.


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