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Dear The Five: No One Is Trying To Turn Taxpayers Into Demons

On Thursday’s The Five, Greg Gutfeld said he wasn’t “interested in demonizing people who don’t pay taxes,” but that he was “interested in stopping the demonization of people who pay most of the taxes.”

From Mediaite: (emphasis mine)

Is this news making people angry? “I’m not interested in demonizing people who don’t pay taxes,” said Greg Gutfeld, after pointing out that, when the payroll tax is taken into consideration, the number of people not paying any taxes is actually 18 percent. “I’m interested in stopping the demonization of people who pay most of the taxes. I think that’s what we’re really talking about, is the class warfare rhetoric.”

In point of fact, there is no credible evidence that anyone has ever tried to turn a taxpayer into a demon, or that such a transformation is even possible. Demons are supernatural creatures whose existence is, at best, a matter of faith, and even in those faiths, demons can be summoned or exorcised, can take over a human host, and even be grafted onto one, but they can’t be created from a human host.

Additionally, the statement that “the number of people not paying any taxes is actually 18 percent” is inaccurate (it’s not a direct quote, so it might be an inaccurate paraphrase, to be fair). In fact, the percentage of people “not paying any taxes” is probably about zero. Pretty much everyone pays some combination of state, local, sales, or federal excise taxes, and those who don’t make enough to pay federal income tax are hit harder by other regressive taxes.

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