Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that she is a controversial figure because she is young, and puts the interests of working families first.
During an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez said there are several factors about her that “trigger people.”
“Before people even knew who I was, like five minutes after I won my primary, it was the apocalypse on Fox News. And I think it’s because our political system is not designed for people like us. They’re not designed for working people to succeed, for young people, for women, for people of color. It’s not particularly welcoming.”
“But also I think it’s because our entire political system revolves frankly around rich men, and rich men are not the center of my universe — working families are,” she added.
Watch the video below:
Rep. @AOC to @TheView co-hosts: “Our entire political system revolves frankly around rich men, and rich men are not the center of my universe. Working families are.” https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/tZfyAbWzfE— The View (@TheView) February 19, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez shocked the political world when she unseated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) — who was the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House at the time — in her 2018 primary bid.
Her comments raised some eyebrows among conservatives who noted that she endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president:
Really? Because you’re campaigning for a very rich man to become president. https://t.co/QY2MiaCW7M— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) February 19, 2020
Bernie Sanders is reportedly worth $2.5 million.— Siraj Hashmi 🐶 (@SirajAHashmi) February 19, 2020
The latest data shows that median net worth for individuals 75 and older is $264,800 (mean net worth: $1,067,000).
U.S. household median net worth: $97,300 (mean: $692,100)
Bernie Sanders is wealthier than ~95% of Americans. https://t.co/pkHtAM2sCI
However, the progressive star touted Sanders as the inspiration for her campaign for Congress.