Hypocrite Socialist AOC Responds To Met Gala Backlash: When I Say “Tax The Rich,” I Don’t Mean Me

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) recently claimed that she is not among the wealthy people that she wants to tax, after her Instagram followers noted that she, herself is part of the “rich.” 

An Instagram user asked the far-left lawmaker: “What do you say to people who argue that you’re also rich?”

AOC, who has become a Democratic firebrand crowing her roots as a “working-class” American, now earns more than $170,000 per year and reportedly owns a $35,000 Tesla car.

“This is the trick people use all the time, right?” the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist retorted. 

“They want you to think that when we talk about the rich, we’re talking about a doctor or a lawyer instead of someone with hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars. That’s what we mean by ‘rich,’” Ocasio-Cortez explained to her followers.

Reports noted, however, that despite this claim, Democratic legislation currently being pushed in Congress to raise taxes would also impact individuals and business owners earning less than the “hundreds of millions of dollars” or “billions of dollars” that AOC was referring to.

The criticism against the New York lawmaker came after she was spotted wearing a “Tax the Rich” dress at the glitzy Met Gala, where tables alone reportedly cost more than $275,000 and individual tickets with a price tag of around $30,000.

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez scolded what she called her “haters” claiming that attending the posh event with wealthy elites was just part of her job as a New York City lawmaker.

“And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public,” AOC wrote on Twitter.

“I was one of several in attendance this evening,” she added.

In the same Twitter thread, the progressive lawmaker rationalized that the “medium is the message” as she pointed out that the designer of her gown for the night is a “Black woman immigrant designer.”

AOC also lamented that her “body” is constantly being “policed” by politicos, and said that “haters” “hated” the Met Gala appearance, while the “thoughtful” were “thoughtful” in reaction.

“I thought about the criticism I’d get, but honestly I and my body have been so heavily and relentlessly policed from all corners politically since the moment I won my election that it’s kind of become expected and normalized to me,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“The irony is that when women in power take the prospect of criticism to be cautious in their actions, they are then criticized for being ‘inauthentic’ and ‘too calculated.’ Ultimately the haters hated and the people who were thoughtful were thoughtful. But we all had a conversation about taxing the rich in front of the very people who lobby against it, and punctured the 4th wall of excess and spectacle,” she added.

AOC then suggested that her sex and race could be behind the criticism she’s been getting.

“Honestly, our culture is deeply disdainful and unsupportive of women, especially women of color and working-class women (and LGBTQ/immigrant/ etc.) from the bottom up, whether it’s lack of childcare support or especially reserving pillory for elected women and femme people,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

Twitter trolls AOC’s Met Gala “Hypocrisy”

Meanwhile, comments about AOC’s Met Gala attendance drew a buzz online — many pointing out the discord between the lawmaker’s supposed “ideals” and her “actions.”

“It would have been one thing for @AOC to wear the TAX THE RICH dress to #MetGala as a protest of the absurd event. But nope, she’s all in with the stars walking its red carpet,” one user said.

Another comment said: “A table at the Met Gala costs around $275,000 and an individual ticket costs $30,000. If @AOC hates the rich so much, why is she attending an event that only the wealthiest people in America can afford to attend?”

“I wonder if any journalists will do their job and ask her.”

 

Another Twitter user cited how AOC is “the epitome of stupidity.”

“The epitome of stupidity. #AOC wearing a several thousand dollar dress with “tax the rich” on it at a gala that glorifies the extravagant elite #MetGala,” the comment said.

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump also publicly called out AOC — branding her as a “fraud” and an “authoritarian mask Karen.”

“What makes @AOC a bigger fraud,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “The ‘tax the rich’ dress while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?” he added.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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