Leon Cooperman says the coronavirus crisis will change capitalism forever and taxes have to go up

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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday that the coronavirus crisis will “likely” change capitalism forever and that taxes will need to be raised soon.

“When the government is called upon to protect you on the downside, they have every right to regulate you on the upside,” Cooperman said. “So capitalism is changed.”

The chairman and CEO of Omega Family Office said the country is shifting to the left and that taxes will have to go up regardless of who wins the presidential election in November. 

“Quickly if Biden wins, slowly if Trump wins, but taxes have to go up. So things like carried interest, capital gains taxes, the ability to roll over real estate sales tax free, all that stuff is going to have to be eliminated. For the good, by the way,” Cooperman said. 

Cooperman has previously said that he supported higher tax rates but strongly opposed the idea of a wealth tax, such as the plan proposed by Massachussetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the Democratic primary. 

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 

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