Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Fox News for laughing at her DC rent problem

 

 

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who this week became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, called out Fox News for belittling her struggle to afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., during a Friday panel discussion on “America’s Newsroom.”

The Fox panelists snickered all the way through their chat on the topic, described in a chyron as: “Self-proclaimed socialist says she can’t afford DC rent.” 

Contributor Judy Miller actually laughed after host Bill Hemmer recalled that Ocasio-Cortez ― whose name no one pronounced correctly on the show ― was working in the service industry before she launched into her campaign to represent New York’s 14th District. 

“It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis,” Ocasio-Cortez, 29, tweeted in response.

“There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed,” she said in another tweet.

She added: “As much as Fox News likes to mock the working class, the real scandal is that at the wealthiest point in our history, we are at one of our most unequal.”

The future congresswoman revealed her cash-flow problem in an interview with The New York Times published Wednesday. 

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MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Nominee for New York's 14th Congressional District, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York?s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
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“I can’t really take a salary,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the period between her election and swearing in. “I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those things are very real.”

She explained that she saved a bit of money before leaving her restaurant job.

After the story came out, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that her problem was indicative of a larger one: “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.”

She added that her housing situation was being worked out. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional salary will be $174,000. 

Ocasio-Cortez also addressed comments Friday from Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry and Miller that accused her of misrepresenting her financial situation.

Miller called Ocasio-Cortez’s rent problem “a brilliant political lie” and suggested the future congresswoman had manufactured a ruse to paint herself as “a little person ... from New York.”

Henry said the congresswoman-elect wore outfits that “could pay a month’s rent in D.C.”

After Ocasio-Cortez unexpectedly defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the New York primary, she became an object of media fascination, once accepting a photo shoot with Interview magazine. She did not buy the expensive designer clothes she wore for the shoot ― they were loaners from the magazine. But that has not stopped conservative pundits from attempting to label her a hypocrite.

“Never bought the clothes and always told my story,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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