‘Hate To Admit It’: Even Tucker Carlson Sides With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Amazon Criticism

Tucker Carlson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Amazon’s new headquarters, “HQ2,” is coming to the backyard of Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and she’s not happy about it. The New York native isn’t comfortable with the state paying the multibillion-dollar company a subsidy to set up camp in Queens, and even her biggest critics are agreeing with her.

After Amazon announced Tuesday that it would be splitting its “HQ2” between Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, Ocasio-Cortez fired back at the company in a string of tweets.

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

“Displacement is not community development,” she added. “Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families. Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.”

According to the New York Times, Amazon is receiving $2 billion in subsidies from both New York and Virginia to welcome in the new headquarters.

“We need to focus on good healthcare, living wages, affordable rent,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.  “Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism. It’s possible to establish economic partnerships w/ real opportunities for working families, instead of a race-to-the-bottom competition.”

Surprisingly, Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host and one of Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest critics, gave props to the young congresswoman-elect on his show Tuesday night.

“Hate to admit it, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point,” he said.

“That’s the only time I’ve ever agreed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but it’s hard to argue with the internal logic of her point,” Carlson added. “The richest man in the world just got $2 billion in taxpayer subsidies — how does that work?”

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Carlson continued, expressing outrage that the company chose two already thriving cities instead of somewhere up-and-coming where the major company can make a big economic impact.

“Having lived here for a long time, I can tell you the last thing we need is more money in Washington, it’s rich enough,” he said. “Why wouldn’t Amazon, subsidized by taxpayers, spread to the wealth to maybe Detroit or Clevland or Toledo or someplace that actually needs it? I don’t understand.”

Carlson then went on to say that the entire Democratic Party is protecting Amazon, contradicting his earlier praise of Ocasio-Cortez.

The New York congresswoman-elect is now backing a Democratic lawmaker in New York City that’s moving to block Amazon’s opening of “HQ2” in the city and instead using the money to pay off student debt for New York residents.

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William Steakin
Editor

We talked with AOC before her historic election win this year: https://ijr.com/ocasio-cortez-says-crowley-isnt-woke/

Emily Hulsey
Admin

Interesting to see who all agrees and disagrees with Ocasio-Cortez. IJR Red spoke to a CEO about it, and he said that she “horribly misunderstands that her district faces a competitive environment and that cites must compete within a capitalist society, unlike socialism where the concept of competition is doused with rat poison and eviscerated.”

More here: https://ijr.com/schiffer-ocasio-cortez-amazon/

Screwtape
Member

Amazon is not the villain here. It’s a business with all that implies. It cast a very wide net in its search. NY and VA won the bids. That’s how businesses work.

Blame the NY and VA governments for AUTHORIZING the subsidies via tax cuts. THEY approved them. Go after them, not Amazon for leveraging a business opportunity.

full disclosure: I own a fair amount of Amazon stock purchased back when it was under $2 a share. I don’t like Bezos or his politics, but business first.

Madison Dibble
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Tucker Carlson isn’t the alone in his hard feelings toward Amazon. President Trump has also criticized the tech giant on Twitter several times. It’ll be interesting to see the long-term impact of this move on both the neighborhoods Amazon chose and the GOP itself.

Rocky Drummond
Member

A trillion company should pay for the stress put on its host to go into a new area.

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