Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tore into Fox News after they mocked ‘working class people.’
The conservative commentary channel did an entire segment devoted to the fact that Ocasio-Cortez was allegedly struggling to rent an apartment in Washington DC.
After winning her election, she revealed to the New York Times:
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
However, once she assumes her seat, her annual salary is $174,000.
Ocasio-Cortez caught wind of the segment and tweeted this in response…
Thank you all for the overwhelming outpour of support! As I mentioned, we’ve been preparing and will be fine.
However, it’s been very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people.
It reveals what they actually think about us. https://t.co/T4J9EIkoJt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 9, 2018
At only 29 years old, Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman ever elected to the house.
The 14th district, which she will soon represent, covers Queens and the Bronx. Many have looked to her as the future of the Democratic Party.
She gained national attention when she beat Democratic Representative Joe Crowley in a major primary upset earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Fox News correspondent Ed Henry decided to be derisive, saying that she should have been saving her money rather than focusing on her celebrity. Because apparently she can’t be a rising star in the party and save money at the same time.
It should also be noted that Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Fox News was that reports that she can’t find a place to live in DC are overblown. But that the angle with which Fox News decided to take the story, making fun of working class people, was problematic.
People are excited about her joining Congress.
Congratulations, @Ocasio2018!!! pic.twitter.com/EVVyB0mPlR
— A. Marmot ????Underground???? (@_Anunnery) November 7, 2018
From one ALEXANDRIA to another Congratulations! You make us ladies proud!
— A Medina (@amardina) November 8, 2018
Super stoked you're my representative. We need your energy and progressive ideas in Congress.
— Atanas Georgiev (@AtanasGee) November 7, 2018
Proud proud proud ????
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) November 7, 2018
— Women's March Inland Empire (@WomensMarchIE) November 7, 2018
Many felt her election was a watershed moment.
— James Matthewson (@MatthewsonJames) November 7, 2018
— Abby Bernardo (@_abby_bernardo_) November 7, 2018
— 에이미 (@metaphor_muse) November 10, 2018
And most jumped to defend her against Fox News.
Why are Republicans snarky about the difficulties of transitioning to a job in an expensive housing market? Everyone doesn't have parents & trust funds to fall back on & savings only go so far. #OcasioCortez
— 1DayBetter (@tontonlove) November 10, 2018
How dare THE ELITES @FoxNews make fun of @Ocasio2018 for not being able to afford rent in Washington DC! They are clearly out of touch with the PEOPLE! ✊????✊????✊????✊????✊???????????? #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOscasioCortez #OurRevolution #political https://t.co/2CPhZVjp0k
— Americans4OcasioCortez (@Americans4C) November 10, 2018
Great job #FoxNews – a woman of color literally pulls herself up by her own bootstraps, stops complaining and instead gets out and tries to make a difference, and you tease her and laugh at her because she talks about her financial struggles. Very classy. #OcasioCortez
— Steffon Thomas (@SteffExtreme) November 10, 2018
I disagree with @Ocasio2018 on MANY policy issues, but shaming her for not being rich is trash. #OcasioCortez
— Andy Stravers (@ajstravs) November 10, 2018
Yeah, that’s not a particularly good look Fox News.