Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has detailed a number of issues that concern him in a self-produced video titled “Danger Ahead” released Tuesday.
The video – which features Icahn speaking to a camera interspersed with old clips of himself speaking on news outlets and clips of John Oliver, Donald Trump, whom he has endorsed for president, and even “Goodfellas” – has a somber, patriotic and documentary feel to it.
On why he made the video, Icahn said: “I want to speak out now because – I know this may sound corny but I grew up on the streets of Queens – I love this country and I feel so strongly about the dysfunction that is going on both in Washington and the boardrooms of corporate America.”
The video is full of memorable Icahn quotes. Here are a few highlights.
On the next president
“Just look at our record: 30 years, no tax reform; 30 years, no immigration,” he said. “As a result, you have this movement toward a guy like Donald Trump. Because you want somebody that’s not beholden to an establishment. We need a president that can move Congress, and I think Donald Trump could do it. I disagree with him on certain issues … but this is what this country needs: somebody to wake it up.”
On the carried interest tax loophole
“One problem our government should have fixed a long time ago is the carried interest tax loophole,” Icahn said. “People on Wall Street, they’re good friends of mine, I like ‘em, but not having to pay full taxes on money you’re earning is an absurdity.”
On Teddy Roosevelt vs. Donald Trump
“Teddy Roosevelt was great; he stood up to J.P. Morgan. Where do we get a guy like that? Donald – of all of them – maybe he’s brash but he’s willing to say what he believes. He’s willing to say, ‘Hey this is complete bull—-.’”