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The Patriots accidentally helped make a case for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tax plan

Somebody needs to stop the Patriots, but it's not going to be Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).

After New England's sixth Super Bowl win Sunday night, the freshman congressman confusingly suggested in a tweet that taxing a team directly determines its performance, and sarcastically asked if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposal to put a 70 percent tax on the super-rich would slow down the Patriots' winning streak.

Historical references to New England's tax uprisings aside, the Patriots already do face a list of handicaps intended to let other teams have a chance, as outlined by Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway.

All these obstacles haven't stopped the Patriots from becoming a nearly unstoppable success. And as for how the actual tax plan would affect players outside the game? As Ocasio-Cortez explained, it largely wouldn't. Kathryn Krawczyk