The GOP tax bill has given Charles Barkley both a fatter wallet and fodder for on-air downtime.
The millionaire former NBA star and current uncensored TNT analyst took some time during Monday night’s Minnesota Timberwolves–Los Angeles Lakers game to sarcastically thank President Trump and company for the $1.5 trillion tax bill signed into law on Friday, which will provide temporary breaks for many individuals and will permanently cut the corporate tax rate, seen as most generous to the rich.
“At least we got our tax break,” Barkley said on the air. “We can buy Rolexes like John Wall. All these people just waiting for it to trickle down. They’ve been waiting for like 400 years, [and] it ain’t trickled down yet.”
Charles Barkley clowning about getting a tax break “Those poor people can wait for it to trickle down…they been waiting 400 years to trickle down” pic.twitter.com/UeIb5foxgD
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Broadcaster Ernie Johnson laughed and asked Barkley to “please don’t go down that road again.”
This was the second time Barkley has weighed in on the sweeping changes to the tax code, as Thursday he used similar sarcasm to credit Washington for helping out an athlete who made about $40 million during his playing career and a good deal more afterward.
“Shaq, they said it’s going trickle down. I’m going to trickle my fat ass down to the jewelry store to get me a new Rolex,” Barkley said. “They’re not going to pass it to nobody. Thank you, Republicans, I knew I could always count on y’all to take care of us rich people, us 1 percenters. Sorry, poor people. I’m hoping for y’all, but y’all ain’t got no chance.”
Barkley, once famously resistant to being viewed as a role model, has become increasingly political of late, appearing at a Doug Jones rally in his own native Alabama shortly before the nationally watched Senate special election in which Roy Moore, accused of preying on teens when he was in his 30s, was defeated.
“At some point, we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said. “I love Alabama, but we’ve got to draw a line in the sand. We’re not a bunch of damn idiots.”