Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's The O'Reilly Factor on FNC to discuss his recent criticism of President Obama on the tax issue, former Saturday Night Live comedian Jon Lovitz accused President Obama of being "not honest" in criticizing the wealthy for not paying enough taxes, complained that the President is being "divisive," and asserted that "it makes me angry" because Obama is "pitting Americans against each other." Lovitz:
I respect the guy. I think it's amazing what he's achieved in his life, but, on this issue, I think he's being not honest, let's say, you know, and it makes me angry because I believe that he's, this whole one percent versus the 99 percent, it's pitting Americans against each other.
The liberal comedian soon reported that most of his left-leaning friends agreed with his criticism of Obama's class warfare rhetoric as he elaborated:
Almost everybody agrees with me. You know, people say, yeah, yes, because - and most of my friends are Democrats, you know, I'm a Democrat - but, yeah, they agree, they say, "Hey, I work really hard, I pay a lot of taxes," because it's not true, you know, and I think it's just a divisive way to appeal to the masses to get votes, and it's just blatant and obvious. And there is no versus, no one is trying to hurt people who are in the lower income tax bracket. We should all be helping each other and bringing everybody together.
We're all in this. I was in New York when 9/11 happened. It wiped out all the class structure because it was like being on the Titanic. You know, you're in fourth class, you're in first class. Everybody's on the same boat. We need to help each other, and he's being divisive.