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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Fox News for mocking her D.C. rent problem.

by Tod Perry

November 13, 2018
Photo by DON EMMERT Contributor, Getty Images

Last week, GOOD highlighted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ very real-life struggle to find housing in Washington, D.C. after becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

She told The New York Times that her situation is unusual because “I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress,” she said. “So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.” 

Ocasio-Cortez saved up some money from her previous job at a restaurant which she quit to hit the campaign trail.

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” she said.

While Ocasio-Cortez’ housing problems are undoubtedly a headache for her, they show why her election is so important. According to a report by Quartz, the median member of the U.S. Congress was worth over $1 million. That’s 12 times greater than the net wealth of the median U.S. household. 

Ocasio-Cortez gives working-class Americans a voice in a Congress full of out-of-touch lawmakers in the one-percent.

However, conservatives saw Ocasio-Cortez’ struggle to find housing as an opportunity to bash the Democratic-Socialist.

Fox News also made sure they got their shots in on the 29-year-old Congresswoman. While discussing the topic they ran a chyon that read: “Self-proclaimed socialist says she can’t afford DC rent.” 

Contributor Judy Miller and host Bill Hemmer chuckled about the fact that Ocasio-Cortez was working at a restaurant before launching a bold campaign to help low-income people like herself.

Miller called Ocasio-Cortez’ story a “political lie.”

So Ocasio-Cortez called them out on Twitter while noting that the wealthy progate inequality by mocking low-income people.

Ocasio-Cortez says that her living situation is being worked out, but it shouldn’t be overlooked because its emblematic of how working people are disenfranchised by the political process. 

 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Fox News for mocking her D.C. rent problem.