The onetime “West Wing” star and Republican Senator (on “Brothers & Sisters,” at least) was apparently watching the Democratic Town Hall on Monday (Jan. 25) and not happy with what he saw when Sanders began talking tax strategy. So, the outspoken 51-year-old actor did what any good American would — he took out his phone and posted angry comments on social media.
“Watching Bernie Sanders,” Lowe writes. “He’s hectoring and yelling at me while he’s saying he’s going to raise our taxes. Interesting way to communicate.”
As it turns out, the “Grinder” star was just getting started with his axe to, uh, grind; as his followers began replying to his tweet, he engaged a handful in exchanges.
First, one asked a question referencing his “West Wing” character: “Would Sam Seaborn approve?” Lowe responded: “He would say: ‘modulate, Senator.'”
Next, a since-deleted tweet seemed to question Lowe’s take on giving the government its share. The actor struck back, writing: “Dude. I’ve been happily paying taxes since I was 15 years old. How ’bout you?”
Then, going back to the theme of fictional-characters-advising-real-life-politicians, Lowe posted a clip from 2000 of “West Wing” with Seaborn discussing his take on taxing the wealthy, with the heading: “Attention Sen. Sanders.”
Asked if he is in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy, Lowe’s fictional character responds:
“I am not. I am in favor of tax cuts for those for whom it will do the most good. And that’s a tough enough battle … The top one percent of wage earners in this country pay for 22 percent of this country. Let’s not call them names while they’re doing it.”