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.
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.
This is one of them (don’t worry btw – we’re working it out!)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 8, 2018
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:
Here, I pulled the clip pic.twitter.com/oHeESzdC8u
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 9, 2018
“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.
1. @FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly? It’s been 5 months.
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
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018
As for finding a D.C. apartment, Ocasio-Cortez said that she and her partner “have been preparing and will be fine.”