Democrats ‘like bank robbers,’ Republican lawmaker says

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) compared Democrats to bank robbers in an interview on ABC News' "This Week," arguing that the rival party really wants to raise taxes on all Americans.

 "You know, Democrats are like bank robbers.  You don't have the money in the 2 percent -- the money is in the 100 percent," he said. "They want to raise taxes on everyone."

Asked if President Obama had successfully provoked a "civil war" among Republicans -- as suggested by conservative Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer -- by focusing on the Bush tax cuts, Labrador replied, "Absolutely." 

"This -- this has been what the Democrats wanted to do from day one," Labrador said. "They have tried to divide the Republicans.  They have tried to get us to fight against each other on taxes when -- I'm not really sure that they don't want to go over the fiscal cliff." 

The Republican congressman said he opposed a proposal from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that raised taxes only on income over $1 million, which died from a lack of GOP support. But Labrador suggested that if Democrats really wanted to avoid the "fiscal cliff," they could have voted for that deal.

Asked if House Democrats would support the deal being negotiated in the Senate, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he'd have to wait and see. 

"Until we know exactly what the Senate's proposing, the senators couldn't tell us the details, it's impossible to know," he said. "It depends on the deal."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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