Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a freshman Democrat serving on the House Financial Services Committee, was lambasted by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” panel on Friday morning following Amazon’s Thursday announcement that it would no longer be building its second headquarters in her district of Long Island City, Queens, New York.
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough treaded lightly while starting off the panel, criticizing the congresswoman’s lack of understanding regarding the economics while, initially, not referring to her by name.
Scarborough started by reading a tweet from CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin:
There is a financial literacy epidemic in America.
Quick lesson: NYC wasn’t handing cash to Amazon. It was an incentive program based on job creation, producing tax revenue.
There isn’t a $3 billion pile of money that can now be spent on subways or education.
— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) February 14, 2019
Donny Deutsch, an advertising executive and former host of CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” attacked Ocasio-Cortez, calling her “extremely dangerous.”
“We are in a dangerous place, and if people in the party don’t start to speak up against people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is young and dynamic but does not know what she’s talking about, her and her cohorts — some of these new, fresh, progressive faces — are going to hand the presidency back to Donald Trump,” Deutsch said.
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Morning Joe spent more than eight minutes trashing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez today, blaming her and other progressives for Amazon NYC pullout.
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 15, 2019
Republican strategist Susan Del Percio went in for the haymaker:
“What’s shocking to me is once again she shows how little she understands not just economics but even unemployment. She’s the one who said the reason unemployment is so low is because a lot of people have two jobs. She needs to learn basic things about what it is to be a representative.”
Ocasio-Cortez was the loudest voice among a group of New York politicians and citizens demanding that Amazon not come to New York, citing the offer made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, which included $3 billion in tax subsidies to Amazon.
Amazon, in reaction to the outcry, pulled its plans to build the second half of its “HQ2” in Long Island City, a part of the Queens borough of New York City.
The congresswoman went on to applaud Amazon’s withdrawal.
“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted Thursday.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
Amazon’s HQ2 withdrawal could cost the city and state tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in potential tax revenue.