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 ??

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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“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.

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