Jim Moran has been the center of fireworks before. You may remember that in April the Democratic congressman from Virginia got in a shouting match with an alleged veteran at a town hall meeting, telling the man to “sit down” after he asked a question Moran didn’t like.
So the fact that during an interview last week Moran ripped off his mic and walked off the set of an interview after admitting he approves of redistribution of wealth seems to fit with the Rep’s fiery attitude.
It all happened during an interview with journalist Jan Helfeld. During the course of the interview, Helfeld asked if Moran agreed that the government should protect people from those who want to forcibly take their money. Moran agreed. He then asked if Moran supports redistribution of wealth. Moran launched into an interesting answer, saying “yes” because the wealthy benefit from the government’s investments in things such as infrastructure. When Helfeld decided to ask Moran again about protecting people from others forcibly taking their money, Moran had enough and walked off:
Helfeld is known for his use of the socratic method during interviews, and this is a prime example.
To be fair, it seems that Moran could have given an answer to the initial question that easily justified taxation, and might not have painted himself in a corner. After all, the founders didn’t advocate for no taxes. But that’s not what Moran said. Instead, he took it further, advocating for redistribution of wealth. And when confronted with a second tough question about protecting citizens from those who want to take their money and give it to others, he refused to explain himself.
You can see more Helfeld interviews on his YouTube channel.