Last week, Jimmy McMillan of "The Rent Is Too Damn High" party became a viral sensation after authoritatively voicing that universal sentiment in the New York gubernatorial debate. Even though the fringe candidate has little shot at becoming governor, Sean Hannity invited him to share his platform with Fox News viewers. But (perhaps taking a cue from Lawrence O'Donnell) Hannity didn't lob softball questions at McMillan: he pressed him about "who's going to pay" for the lowered rent.
After being prodded several times about exactly where the rent money was coming from, the candidate declared that "We're going to declare an economic state of emergency in the state of New York." Then, McMillan explained, he'd give relief money from the federal Recovery Act to the landlords in order to help roll back the rent. Hannity didn't appear to be buying it, so he suggested a different party platform: "how 'bout taxes are too damn high?" After McMillan satisfies Hannity by repeating "taxes are too damn high" the Fox New anchor chuckles and moves on.
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