Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds After Fox News Mocks Her for Not Being Able to Afford a DC Apartment

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday by becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Her unconventional rise in politics gained national attention, as this time last year she was working as a bartender and a waitress.

But now that working-class background is proving to be a challenge since Ocasio-Cortez’s newest appointment is taking her to one of the most expensive cities in the country.

In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez said the transition period is “very unusual because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”

She later added on Twitter that “There are many ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” but that she’s figuring out her living situation.

Fox News hosts discussed Ocasio-Cortez’s financial situation on Friday, laughing about how her complaint was on-brand for the young Congresswoman-elect.

“It’s very Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of her to say this,” one host said. “I think her supporters like it, this is who she is.”

Another host commented, “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, it is a brilliant political line.”

Another Fox News host incorrectly stated that Ocasio-Cortez bought expensive outfits that could cover the cost of rent.

Watch the clip below:

“It’s been very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people,” Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter Friday. “It reveals what they actually think about us.”

She added that she never bought the expensive “multi-thousand dollar” outfits the Fox News host mentioned. Earlier in the year, she addressed that they were lent to her just for the photo shoot.

As for finding a D.C. apartment, Ocasio-Cortez said that she and her partner “have been preparing and will be fine.”

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Renee Taylor
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I’m happy to help you, Ms Alexandria. Where shall I send the check?

Rose Connelly
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What does the Bible say about mockers?

Joseph Perrone
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I just bought a new refrigerator, I’ll send her the box.

Larry Creilson
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She can’t afford a place in DC!?!?! She lives in NEW YORK CITY, the 2nd most expensive city to live in the country. DC is #5 She didn’t think about this when she decided to run for congress? Actions have consequences. Can we expect the same from her legislatively, that something that sounds good has long term negative affects ??

Rocky Drummond
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“she and her partner “have been preparing and will be fine.”

Phoenix
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Big deal – this was a major issue for many of my friends and myself when we first got a job in another town but the starting date was a few months out after your lease was up. I’m also sure she was low on personal funds. As she said, you just work it out.

Its relatable to me, but hardly congress specific. It’s just life.

Rocky Drummond
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I disagree. Congress had been around long enough that they should be prepared to ease the transition of moving and settling in for anyone who needs help. Conventions have lists of hotels that offer discounts to conventioneers. Companies offer help to new employees. They could do something.

Phoenix
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Meh – I’m sure there are discounts, but DC is just that expensive. Private companies allow a lot of perks to employees because the company earned the money and its theirs to offer incentives to new employee – it isn’t the same for the government.

I’d rather tax dollars went to people who DIDN’T have a $174,000 salary coming to them in the very near future. She said she’s working it out, which is what MOST new associates do when hired to a new job, therefore, it isn’t a problem.

Rocky Drummond
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“Fox News hosts discussed Ocasio-Cortez’s financial situation on Friday, laughing about how her complaint was on-brand”, says a bunch of over-paid snobs.

Screwtape
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1. a lot of “new” congress persons sleep in their offices, though not usually with “partners”.
2. if she was loaned very-expensive outfits, then why can’t she get actual loans of money? Oh right, banks are evil.
3. perhaps she can start a GoFundMe or ask her constituents for money. Oh right, they’re poor.

Perhaps she ask the DNC or Beto or Tom Steyer or Hollywood.

Morte206
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I’m fairly certain that name recognition alone will result in an incredibly affordable place. Personally I know of a handful of people with apartments purchased for the college aged children who would kick the kid out or force them to take her as a roomie if need be.

Screwtape
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I’m not so sure how much weight her name will carry in DC as a newbie and moron.
She’d be better off whining to the well-heeled in Hollywood or Dim supporters.

Screwtape
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boo hoo whiners. She’s allegedly an adult, now slated for congress, who cannot manage her personal finances. Yet you expect her to do anything better with national finances?

How many of you have adult children living at home or are yourselves still sucking off mommy/daddy?

Phyllis Softa
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I am no fan of A O-C, but re-read the tweet. She does not say she cannot manage. Put me down as one who does NOT have adult children living at home and I am closer to bringing my 89 year old mother to our home, than I ever would be moving into her home. My brother gets the house.

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