In an interview with the New York Times recently, newly elected Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she had to scrimp and save make it until she gets her Congressional salary in January. Because she’s the genuine article and a masterful pol, she tied her current predicament to her overall message that wealth inequality is making life in this country unaffordable for many Americans, “I have three months before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who’s been on the receiving end of plenty of Fox News smears and has aggressively fought back against them, found herself being mocked for struggling to afford Washington, D.C.’s lofty rent prices.
Here, I pulled the clip pic.twitter.com/oHeESzdC8u— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 9, 2018
The Fox panelists laughed throughout the segment—especially when Bill Hemmer mentioned that Ocasio-Cortez was a former bartender—and not a single one of them managed to pronounce her name correctly. Judy Miller, who helped lie us into the war in Iraq and was rewarded with a Fox News contract, accused Ocasio-Cortez of “playing to her base.”
“I think what she’s talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power—and a little simple person like her from New York can’t find a place to live, and it is a brilliant political line,” Miller said.
Ed Henry re-heated a couple thoroughly debunked Fox attacks, questioning her status as “working class” (I guess she was tending bar for fun?) and accusing her of buying the expensive outfits she was photographed in for a magazine shoot (she did not). “Some of those shoots during the campaign, she had these multi-thousand dollar outfits that could pay a month’s rent in Washington, D.C.,” he said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rebuffed the attacks forcefully, and once again wove her own struggles into her overall message that wealth inequality is a real problem and Congress needs more working-class leaders to solve it.
1. @FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly? It’s been 5 months.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018
2. It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis.
3. Never purchased pricey clothes + always told my story. But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing. https://t.co/Py5aXFi3Z4
40% of ALL Americans currently struggle to pay for one basic need like food or rent.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018
As much as @FoxNews likes to mock the working-class, the real scandal is that at the wealthiest point in our history, we are at one of our most unequal.
Most Americans are barely scraping by.
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 8, 2018
This is one of them (don’t worry btw - we’re working it out!)
Of course, Fox News and Republicans love to pretend to love hard-working Americans. In reality, they sneer at them, accuse them of being entitled, and even—bizarrely—lazy. Do you think Donald Trump would be caught dead behind a bar? Do you think he’s ever even washed a dish?
During the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney famously said he “not concerned about the very poor.” He was also caught on video at a private fundraiser claiming that the 47% of Americans who didn’t make enough money to owe taxes “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
Those callous comments derailed Romney’s presidential campaign after they were captured on camera by… a bartender.