Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) gave some criticism of the “technique of the GOP, to take dry humor [and] sarcasm literally” and compared Republicans to Dwight Schrute, an uptight character from “The Office” who struggles with interpreting sarcasm, after receiving backlash for her calls to “tax the rich.”
This comparison initially stemmed from Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet on Saturday about “tax[ing] the rich” when the congresswoman explained that despite the gross domestic product being “at an all-time high,” it “simply [is] not the lived truth.”
“When we say ‘tax the rich,’ we mean nesting-doll yacht rich,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “For-profit prison rich.”
Ocasio-Cortez clarified that her proposed tax hike would not affect a “doctor or corporate lawyer” as she continued to list the levels of “rich” that would be impacted.
“Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich,” she wrote. “Trick-the-country-into-war rich. Subsidizing-workforce-[with]-food-stamps rich.”
She went on to argue that these people should pay more taxes “because THAT kind of rich is simply not good for society, & it’s like 10 people.”
When we say “tax the rich,” we mean nesting-doll yacht rich. For-profit prison rich. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich.
Trick-the-country-into-war rich. Subsidizing-workforce-w-food-stamps rich.
Because THAT kind of rich is simply not good for society, & it’s like 10 people.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2019
When Philadelphia-based attorney Max Kennerly noted that Ocasio-Cortez had received “criticism” for her tweet that stated her proposed tax increase would affect “like 10 people,” the congresswoman was quick to defend herself from Republican detractors on Sunday.
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor [and] sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it,” she proclaimed.
Ocasio-Cortez then drew from her own experience of having her policy suggestions be misconstrued, blasting those who literalize her self-declared 12-year deadline before the world ends as having the “social intelligence of a sea sponge.”
“Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal,” she added.
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.
Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows. https://t.co/pmkwrdeAnq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
She then explained that since “the GOP is basically Dwight from ‘The Office,'” it’s really hard to know how far the party will go to manipulate and misinterpret her policy narratives.