‘Fox & Friends’ Host Compares Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Staff Salaries to ‘Socialism and Communism’

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“Fox & Friends” just can’t get enough of freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). On Sunday morning, the hosts took a shot at the lawmaker for choosing to pay her entry-level staffers an annual salary of $52,000.

Host Pete Hegseth explained that Ocasio-Cortez would be paying her Chief of Staff only $80,000 annually instead of “the actual market rate on Capitol Hill, which is closer to $150,000.” He added, “It’s actually socialism and communism on display.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

The hosts failed to go into any detail on her Chief of Staff, who they seemed disappointed will be taking a pay cut for the sake of the entry-level staffers.

AOC’s Chief of Staff is Saikat Chakrabarti, an outspoken advocate for his boss’ decisions and founder of Brand New Congress, the organization that recruited AOC to run and eventually managed her campaign.

Chakrabarti was also one of the key figures in Justice Democrats, a progressive group that embraces policies characteristic of Democratic Socialism.

On Saturday, the congresswoman sent a series of tweets about her decision to pay her staff well. She wrote, “Leadership starts with our choices,” and, “It’s pretty sad that a lot of people think low Congressional staff pay is a good thing.”

At another point in the program, Hegseth noted that AOC makes $174,000 annually as a member of Congress and asked her if she would redistribute her salary.

Ocasio-Cortez has long been outspoken about the low pay that plagues entry-level Congressional staffers and interns. She was vocal about her decision to pay her interns $15 per hour. The decision is notable on Capitol Hill where a lot of interns aren’t paid anything for their work.

But while Hegseth seemed unhappy with AOC’s decision to pay her staffers $52,000 per year, co-host Katie Pavlich didn’t seem to have the same reaction. Pavlich said, “I’m fine with her moving money around in her office.”

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Rocky Drummond
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Saikat “Chakrabarti was also one of the key figures in Justice Democrats, a progressive group that embraces policies characteristic of Democratic Socialism.” Alex Thomas

FYI Alex: That’s right. While Saikat was AOC’s campaign manager, he was also the Justice Democrats’ Executive Director for about 2 years.

Do you know how much he got paid while doing such an amazing job with getting them going?

Zero.

James
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This Socialist moron is too stupid to understand her staffers are paid with TAXPAYER money, not out of her tip jar on the bar. But, it’s typical Socialism. Spend OTHER peoples money until they run out.

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