Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest hypocrisies, controversies and allegations in fledgling career

She has gained notoriety in the US for her staunchly woke views which have received her legions of younger socialist followers.

But now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, has achieved worldwide breakthrough after her assertion costume at this week’s Met Gala.

The far-left Democratic congresswoman wore a controversial ‘tax the wealthy’ costume on the $35,000-a-head occasion that prompted a backlash even amongst a few of her personal supporters. 

The member of the so-called ‘Squad’, a gaggle of radical new leftist politicians in the US, attended the elitist occasion with the world’s wealthy and well-known and wore a white costume with the slogan scrawled in crimson throughout her again. 

The lawmaker, generally referred to by her initials AOC, refused to disclose who paid for her $35,000 ticket and says the costume was borrowed, having been invited to the occasion as an elected official.

It was later revealed she attended as a visitor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, prompting requires an investigation into whether or not she accepted ‘an impermissible reward’ of free tickets. 

It just isn’t the primary time the firebrand politician, who’s the youngest ever girl to serve in Congress after successful a shock election in 2018, has landed herself in scorching water. 

Here, MailOnline provides a rundown of the 30 gaffes and controversies she has been concerned in throughout her fledgling political career.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, was accused of hypocrisy for wearing a 'tax the rich' dress at the $35,000-a-head Met Gala

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, was accused of hypocrisy for carrying a ‘tax the wealthy’ costume on the $35,000-a-head Met Gala

1. Bronx born and raised?

The former barmaid and waitress has all the time been happy with her background and her obvious working class roots in the Bronx.

She was born to Catholic mother and father Sergio Ocasio-Roman, an architect, and Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, who did secretarial and cleansing work.

The couple each had Puerto Rican backgrounds and AOC has recurrently talked about her humble origins, saying in her marketing campaign video: ‘Women like me aren’t purported to run for workplace.

‘I wasn’t born to a rich or highly effective household — mom from Puerto Rico, father from the South Bronx.’

But regardless of making common references to her Bronx origins, it was later revealed she largely grew up in the wealthier Westchester County. 

The future socialist star was born in the Bronx however courtroom information present her late father purchased a quaint three-bedroom in Yorktown Heights, New York in 1991, when she was about two.

The revelation was an obvious contradiction of her official biography, which states in half: ‘The state of Bronx public faculties in the late 80s and early 90s despatched her mother and father on a seek for an answer. 

Ocasio-Cortez's family moved to this home in Yorktown Heights, New York when she was five and lived there until she left to go to college at Boston University

Ocasio-Cortez’s household moved to this dwelling in Yorktown Heights, New York when she was 5 and lived there till she left to go to school at Boston University

The candidate's official bio (above) omits her time living in Westchester, instead claiming that her life was 'defined' by the commute between the Bronx and an upstate school

The candidate’s official bio (above) omits her time dwelling in Westchester, as a substitute claiming that her life was ‘outlined’ by the commute between the Bronx and an upstate faculty

‘She ended up attending public faculty 40 minutes north in Yorktown, and a lot of her life was outlined by the 40 minute commute between faculty and her household in the Bronx.’

Initially, the younger household lived in Parkchester, a deliberate group of 171 mid-rise brick buildings in the Bronx. 

When she was about 5, Ocasio-Cortez’s household moved to the home in Westchester County, a element that the bio omits.

Ocasio-Cortez had additionally boasted on Stephen Colbert’s late-night present that President Donald Trump, born in Queens, would not know find out how to deal with ‘a woman from the Bronx’ resembling herself. 

Her father died in 2008, which she stated modified the household’s fortunes after a prolonged probate battle to settle his property. 

2. ‘Famed economist Milton Keynes’

In 2020, AOC made an ungainly blunder when she mixed-up two economists whereas addressing the advantages of a four-day working week in a video shared on Instagram.

The economics graduate from Boston University was requested by one among her followers to debate the practicalities of a shorter work week when she misspoke and referred to ‘Milton Keynes’, a commuter city in Buckinghamshire, England.

Ocasio-Cortez later stated she had confused a British economist, John Maynard Keynes, with Milton Friedman, a US economist who received the 1976 Nobel Prize.

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mixed-up two economists while addressing the benefits of a four-day work week in a video shared on Instagram

Ocasio-Cortez is seen speaking about a four-day work week during the video

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mixed-up two economists whereas addressing the advantages of a four-day work week in a video shared on Instagram

John Maynard Keynes – who she supposed to discuss with – theorised that authorities spending was linked to financial progress.

He was an advocate for elevated authorities expenditures and decrease taxes in order to tug the worldwide economic system out of the melancholy.

Milton Friedman was an American economist who believed in free-market capitalism, and opposed the views of conventional economists like Keynes. 

3. Capitol claims 

On January 6 this yr, the Democrat lawmaker was in her workplace in the Cannon Office Building – which was evacuated however not breached – when rioters stormed the Capitol Building 0.3 miles away. 

She stated after the riots: ‘I didn’t know if I used to be going to make it to the top of that day alive.’

AOC’s workplace is in the Cannon House constructing which is 0.3 miles from the Capitol Building itself. All of the Capitol buildings have been positioned on lockdown however the mob solely ever breached the Capitol Building 

AOC additionally accused Ted Cruz of just about having her ‘murdered’, claiming he incited the rebellion, and stated she feared being ‘raped’ by the mob.

Right-wing pundits like Tucker Carlson, Candace Owens and Jack Posobiec additionally accused the lawmaker of exaggerating her account.

Carlson, on his Fox News present, stated: ‘The solely topic she actually cares about – herself.

‘There she is once more. Defender of the widespread man, yammering on about the one topic she actually cares about – herself.

‘Wallowing round in Lake Me prefer it’s fascinating to anyone however her. Narcissism on parade.’

‘AOC Wasn’t in the Capitol Building During Her ‘Near Death’ Experience,’ Posobiec wrote on Twitter, including in a separate tweet that ‘Maps lower by means of the rhetoric.’

#AOClied trended on Twitter after her preliminary claims about almost dying have been doubted. 

She additionally revealed how her fears about being raped by the Capitol protesters have been sparked after she was beforehand the sufferer of a stalker, which led to her choice to not report being sexually assaulted when she was in her early 20s.

Fighting tears, she stated, recalling the rebellion: ‘White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in loads of methods. 

‘There’s loads of sexualising of that violence and I did not assume that I used to be simply going to be killed, I assumed different issues have been going to occur to me as properly.’ 

CNN’s Dana Bash stated: ‘You did not solely assume you have been going to die, you thought you have been going to be raped?’

‘Yeah, I assumed I used to be,’ Ocasio-Cortez answered nodding.

4. Billionaires mustn’t exist

The New York congresswoman stated final yr it’s ‘improper’ for billionaires to exist in the US and her coverage advisor stated: ‘Every billionaire is a coverage failure.’

She has recurrently known as for big taxes on the super-wealthy, beforehand saying in a public assembly in 2019 {that a} system that permits billionaires is ‘immoral’. 

The feedback sparked a backlash with Bill Gates, who helps a harsher tax on the tremendous rich, saying she is ‘so excessive’.

He stated: ‘I consider US tax charges might be extra progressive. Now, you lastly have some politicians who’re so excessive that I’d say, ‘No, that is even past.’ You begin to create tax dodging and disincentives, and an incentive to have the revenue present up in different international locations and issues.’ 

5. Comparing detention centres to focus camps

The outspoken politician sparked fury amongst members of the Jewish group after evaluating migrant detention centres to focus camps.

After visiting detention centres in El Paso, the US Representative for New York tweeted in summer time 2019: ‘These are focus camps. According to focus camp specialists, folks start to die as a result of overcrowding, neglect, and scarcity of assets. We noticed all three of these indicators on our journey yesterday. Another individual died yesterday. And these are the deaths we learn about.’  

The outspoken politician sparked fury among members of the Jewish community after comparing migrant detention centres to concentration camps

 The outspoken politician sparked fury amongst members of the Jewish group after evaluating migrant detention centres to focus camps

 

Among the over 11,000 replies to the publish, individuals who recognized as Jewish in their Twitter bios responded to AOC with outrage over the comparability, accusing her of disrespecting Holocaust survivors.

Writer Emily Schrader tweeted: ‘If you possibly can’t make your level with out diminishing the reminiscence of the Holocaust you want to re-examine your declare.’ 

Joel M. Petlin, who contributes to the Jewish publication The Forward, tweeted in reply to AOC: ‘As you quadruple down on the Holocaust references, please know that precise survivors of Nazi Concentration Camps are begging you to cease & as a substitute tour an actual one in Poland. I respect your ardour to assist these on the border however why are you not respecting Holocaust survivors?’

6. Disposable razors 

When requested by a gaggle of schoolchildren in February 2019 what they may do to assist fight local weather change, AOC supplied an fascinating response. 

She steered that youngsters ought to ditch their disposable razors and as a substitute use security razors.

Many have been left stumped at how merely switching razors will reverse the worldwide results of local weather change when different international locations like China are pumping big quantities of greenhouse gases into the ambiance.

7. Designer socialism

Her Met Gala costume was not the primary time AOC has been criticised for her costly trend style regardless of her left-wing politics.

In December final yr, she appeared on a shiny cowl of Vanity Fair, carrying an array of high-end garments, sneakers and jewelry.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was on the cover of Vanity Fair in an Aliette silk suit worth around $1,000

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was on the quilt of Vanity Fair in an Aliette silk swimsuit value round $1,000

The congresswoman was photographed in silk fits from Aliette, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, and wore Christian Louboutin heels, all of which include hefty value tags. 

DailyMail.com revealed that she was gifted at the least one of many seems to be – a $2,850 swimsuit from Loewe. 

The whole estimated retail price of her outfits is greater than $14,000. 

It led to criticisms that she was pushing for socialist insurance policies whereas having fun with all the trimmings of wealth and capitalism and flaunting them to voters. 

In one portion of the interview, she stated ‘dressing the half has been an sudden battle, however it’s additionally a technique to join with constituents’ whereas carrying an $800 costume and $1,450 earrings.

The 31-year-old in another image from the shoot in $2,850 Loewe suit and Christian Louboutin heels which cost $500

The 31-year-old in one other picture from the shoot in $2,850 Loewe swimsuit and Christian Louboutin heels which price $500

After a backlash, she retorted: ‘Republicans are Very Mad (once more) about my look. This time they’re mad that I look good in borrowed garments (once more).

‘Listen, if Republicans need tips on trying your finest, I’m completely happy to share. Tip #1: Drink water and do not be racist.’ 

8. Unemployment figures

In 2018, AOC claimed: ‘Unemployment is low as a result of everybody has two jobs. 

‘Unemployment is low as a result of persons are working 60, 70, 80 hours per week and can barely feed their household.’

At the time, solely six million Americans held two jobs in comparison with the 148million employed in a single job, making up round 4 per cent of the workforce.

In 2018, she was admonished for misrepresenting unemployment figures by claiming lots of Americans were working two jobs

In 2018, she was admonished for misrepresenting unemployment figures by claiming a number of Americans have been working two jobs

The proportion of employees doing two jobs was truly decrease on the time than all through many of the Nineties and 2000s.

On common, workers have been working 34.5 hours per week with solely a tiny portion of the inhabitants holding two full time jobs.

Even if many individuals have been holding a number of jobs, it will not have an effect on the employment price as that’s calculated by the variety of folks employed relatively than the variety of jobs they maintain.

9. ICE beds

AOC has recurrently made her emotions identified about ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement physique whereas immigrants have been being separated from their households on the Mexican border.

She claimed in 2018: ‘ICE is the one prison investigative company, the one enforcement company in the United States that has a mattress quota. 

AOC has regularly made her feelings known about ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement body

AOC has recurrently made her emotions identified about ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement physique

‘So ICE is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees each single evening and that quantity has solely been growing since 2009.’ 

Except that’s not fairly true.

ICE certainly have 34,000 beds however employees are solely made to keep up them, to not fill them.

The Department of Homeland Security ordered the company ‘shall keep a degree of not lower than 34,000 detention beds by means of September 30, 2016’.

The language had final appeared on a invoice in 2016 and was eradicated in 2017, so it was additionally inaccurate to say the capability had been growing yearly.

10. Mask up for the cameras!

Last month, the firebrand Democrat was filmed placing her face masks on for a gaggle {photograph} – solely to whip it off a minute later throughout a rally on the steps of the Capitol.

The footage exhibits Ocasio-Cortez sitting amongst a gaggle of activists preventing for an extension of the eviction moratorium and not using a masks on Monday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with mask on for photo

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took off her mask

This is the second Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was filmed placing her face masks on for a gaggle {photograph} (left) – solely to whip it off a minute later (proper) throughout a rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol

An occasion organiser can then be heard telling everybody to come back collectively on the steps of the Capitol Building earlier than Ocasio-Cortez might be seen shortly placing a light-weight blue face masks on. 

A minute later, in the footage captured by Breitbart News, the Democrat might be seen talking to activists with out her masks.

Ocasio-Cortez was additionally joined by Democrat senator Ed Markey in placing a face masks on the group picture, regardless of the pair going unmasked for the remainder of the rally.

11. Rising crime charges? Just ‘hysteria’! 

Ocasio-Ortez got here beneath hearth in June for saying the surge in violent crime charges was ‘hysteria’.

Her native New York had seen a 64 per cent spike in shootings, whereas Portland rose 126 per cent and Los Angeles 51 per cent.  

Homicides in New York City had surged 12 per cent in comparison with the identical time final yr, in accordance with NYPD knowledge.

But throughout a Zoom assembly with New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman, the congresswoman stated: ‘We are seeing these headlines about proportion will increase.

‘Now, I wish to say that any quantity of hurt is unacceptable and an excessive amount of, however I additionally wish to make it possible for this hysteria, , that this does not drive a hysteria and that we have a look at these numbers in context in order that we will make accountable selections about what to allocate in that context.’ 

12. Lies are justified 

After she was known as out for spreading misinformation, AOC stated it was high-quality as a result of she is ‘morally proper’.

The Democrat recurrently clashed with Trump and accused him of mendacity, however she justified her personal falsehoods as a result of she believed she proper proper. 

When she was challenged on 60 Minutes in 2019, she stated: ‘I believe there’s lots of people extra involved about being exactly, factually and semantically appropriate than about being morally proper.’

She continued: ‘Whenever I make a mistake. I say, ‘OK, this was clumsy.’ and then I restate what my level was. 

‘But it is not the identical factor because the President mendacity about immigrants. It’s not the identical factor, in any respect.’

13. Party confusion

Back in 2019, AOC jumped to assault previous, male Republicans for taking footage with a cardboard cutout of her, not realising it was truly a fellow Democrat.

She stated in a shortly deleted tweet: ‘GOP: Let’s pose our older male members subsequent to cardboard cutouts of younger feminine legislators.’

She took down the tweet after a reporter identified that the person in the picture, John Yarmuth, is definitely a Democratic consultant from Kentucky, who took the image whereas attending the Democratic gubernatorial main debate.

Ocasio-Cortez apparently didn’t recognise the picture of Yarmuth, despite the fact that he’s the chairman of the Budget Committee.

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, and deleted, criticism  of older male Republican lawmakers taking photos with a cardboard cutout, not realising it was a fellow Democrat

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, and deleted, criticism  of older male Republican lawmakers taking pictures with a cardboard cutout, not realising it was a fellow Democrat

She deleted the tweet after it was pointed out to her that the image in question was of John Yarmuth

She deleted the tweet after it was identified to her that the picture in query was of John Yarmuth

14. Class warfare 

The rising star additionally made an outlandish declare that there is no such thing as a such factor because the upper-middle class in America.

While attempting to bash older Democrats who have been caught in the politics of the Nineties, she stated her fellow get together members want to alter with the instances and handle the altering demographics.

She stated in a 2018 interview: ‘They [Democrats] have been campaigning most once we had extra of an American center class. 

‘This upper-middle class might be extra average however that upper-middle class doesn’t exist anymore in America.’

But knowledge exhibits the exact opposite to be the case.

The upper-middle class has grown considerably, making up 29.4 per cent of the inhabitants in 2014 in comparison with 12.9 per cent in 1979. 

15. Colour blind

After her shock election win towards Rep. Joe Crowley, AOC visited Kansas City to assist a fellow Democratic hopeful in 2018.

In a video along with her fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, she known as on voters to show Kansas City crimson, the color related to Republicans.

In a video with her fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, she called on voters to turn Kansas City red, the colour associated with Republicans

In a video along with her fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, she known as on voters to show Kansas City crimson, the color related to Republicans

She stated in a video: ‘Hello, all people! So excited to be right here on Sen. Sanders’ account and we’re right here in Kansas City to rally for Brent Welder. 

‘We’re gonna flip this seat crimson in November.’

16. Miami’s nonetheless standing

Two years in the past, AOC supplied a chilling model of the close to future, warning that town of Miami wouldn’t exist in just a few years due to local weather change.

But quick ahead to 2021 and the California metropolis continues to be standing sturdy and not but underwater.

Trying to push her Green New Deal, she cautioned: ‘What just isn’t sensible just isn’t responding with an answer on the dimensions of the disaster — as a result of what’s not sensible is Miami not present in just a few years.’ 

17. Telling porkies?

Despite recurrently admonishing Donald Trump for supposedly peddling lies, AOC was chastised by the Washington Post who gave her its most scathing ‘Four Pinoccchios’ ranking for making false claims.

The Democrat incorrectly stated the Pentagon had wasted $21trillion that would have paid for 2 thirds of all Medicare prices.

In reality, your entire finances for the Pentagon over 17 years was about $8.5trillion.

The Democratic congresswoman is a member of the 'Squad', a group of radical new leftist politicians

The Democratic congresswoman is a member of the ‘Squad’, a gaggle of radical new leftist politicians

18. Medicare misunderstanding

Various Democrats cited a research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which receives funding from the Koch Foundation, claiming Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan would decrease the nation’s well being prices.

They stated the research discovered total well being expenditures would drop by $2trillion with the plan. 

But the Mercatus Center stated this could be an ‘unlikely end result’ and it’s extra most likely that the plan would see authorities spending rise by $33trillion.

Despite this, AOC claimed: ‘In a Koch brothers-funded research — if any research’s going to attempt to be a little bit bit slanted, it will be one funded by the Koch brothers — it exhibits that Medicare for all is definitely way more, is definitely less expensive than the present system that we pay proper now.’

19. Oil glee

The upstart politician was pressured to delete a tweet final yr saying ‘you completely like to see it’ whereas celebrating the value of oil crashing.

The Democrat shortly eliminated the publish after being criticised for celebrating job losses, however nonetheless used the financial collapse to plug her Green New Deal.

The value of U.S. oil crashed into unfavorable for the primary time in historical past in April 2020 as demand dried up and producers paid patrons to take barrels off their arms.

The price to have a barrel of U.S. crude delivered plummeted to unfavorable $37.63. It was at roughly $60 initially of the yr.

AOC  removed the post but still used the economic collapse to plug her Green New Deal

AOC  eliminated the publish however nonetheless used the financial collapse to plug her Green New Deal

‘You completely like to see it,’ Ocasio-Cortez replied to a publish which stated: ‘Oil costs now at ‘unfavorable values,’ that means oil producers should pay folks to take it off their arms and retailer it as a result of when demand plunges (like now), that’s inexpensive for them than constructing extra storage and/or shutting wells down.’

Representative Jodey Arrington, a Republican from Texas, hit again: ‘I do not ‘like to see’ oil & gasoline employees & their rural communities struggling because of this devastating value collapse, @AOC.

‘Places like West Texas & hard-working males & girls in the oil patch energy the brilliant lights of NYC… together with the hospitals!’

20. Flogging socialist merchandise

AOC was mocked in December for promoting a $58 sweatshirt with the slogan ‘tax the wealthy’. 

The socialist, who enjoys a six-figure congressional revenue, shared a hyperlink to the jersey writing: ‘Preorders are open now. As all the time, made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying dwelling wages.’

The democratic socialist, 31, who enjoys a six-figure congressional income, shared a link to the now sold out jersey

The democratic socialist, 31, who enjoys a six-figure congressional revenue, shared a hyperlink to the now offered out jersey

But the price of the blue sweater was famous by many on-line, particularity given AOC has turn out to be one of the vital well-known voices of the American left.  

Author and podcaster Ben Shapiro wrote: ‘Only the wealthy can afford this idiotic sweatshirt.’

Others famous the dear piece was the ‘most AOC factor ever’ and stated they ‘could not afford’ the clothes.

She later hit again, saying the fee is justified as a result of ‘we do not use slave-wage labour’. 

21. Generation video games

AOC  sparked fierce backlash with ‘tone-deaf’ feedback about younger Americans being extra ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘prepared to go to the streets’ to protest than older generations 

The New York Democrat boldly praised ‘badass’ millennials and Gen Z-ers in an Instagram Live video in August 2019 after a viewer requested her if the ‘new era’ is ‘too delicate’. 

As clips from her prolonged response made the rounds on social media, critics accused her of insulting older Americans and senselessly crediting her era with inventing political protest.  

Ocasio-Cortez was slammed for overlooking a few of the most influential actions in American historical past, such because the Vietnam War protests and push for racial equality in the Nineteen Sixties.  

During the livestream Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that she did not ‘wish to paint all people with a broad brush’ earlier than making numerous statements that did simply that.  

‘I believe younger persons are extra knowledgeable and dynamic than their predecessors,’ she stated of her friends. 

‘I believe they’re profoundly brave, as a result of they’re prepared to puncture extra taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations generally battle to have.’  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sparked fierce backlash when she asserted that young Americans are 'more informed' and 'willing to go to the streets' to protest than older generations

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sparked fierce backlash when she asserted that younger Americans are ‘extra knowledgeable’ and ‘prepared to go to the streets’ to protest than older generations

She continued: ‘I believe this new era may be very profound and very sturdy and very courageous, as a result of they’re truly prepared to go to the streets. How ’bout that?

‘Previous generations have simply assumed that [the] authorities’s acquired it. Let me let you know one thing: You are the federal government. As a democracy, we the folks means you.’

Ocasio-Cortez additionally asserted that youthful generations have a greater understanding of historical past than earlier ones.  

‘They truly take time to learn and perceive our historical past, the historical past of the labour motion, historical past of civil rights, historical past of economics, historical past of the United States, historical past of colonialism, and they are not afraid to have these conversations,’ she stated. 

22. ‘Surge’ of criticism 

The left-wing darling was criticised after telling her supporters to cease calling the report variety of migrants arriving on the border a ‘surge’, because it locations the disaster in a ‘militaristic body’. 

During a prolonged Instagram Live session in March this yr, AOC implored folks to train warning with how they described the border disaster.

AOC told her massive Instagram following that the use of the word surge to describe the border crisis was placing the border crisis in a 'militaristic frame'

AOC believes the framing of the border troubles as a 'surge' is having a dehumanising effect on how Americans see the border crisis

AOC informed her large Instagram following that using the phrase surge to explain the border disaster was inserting the border disaster in a ‘militaristic body’

‘They wanna say, “But what about the surge?” Well, initially, simply intestine examine, cease. Anyone who’s utilizing the time period “surge” round you consciously is attempting to invoke a militaristic body.’ 

‘And that is an issue as a result of this isn’t a surge, these are kids and they don’t seem to be insurgents and we aren’t being invaded, which by the best way is a white supremacist idea-philosophy, the concept that if one other is coming in the inhabitants that that is an invasion of who we’re,’ the congresswoman stated.   

Critics have labelled the feedback ‘peak AOC’, and ridiculed her for not figuring out the distinction between the phrase ‘surge’ and ‘rebel’. 

Tom Bevan, the co-founder of conservative political information web site Real Clear Politics, stated: ‘Not figuring out the distinction between the that means of “surge” and “insurgent” – and then utilizing it as a speaking level about white supremacy – is peak AOC.’ 

Journalist Tim Pool, who describes himself as a ‘disaffected liberal’ in his Twitter bio, posted: ‘It’s like it doesn’t matter what occurs she has some half-brained criticism that has nothing to do with what is going on. “Surge” is racist? What the f*** do you even do?’

And Fox News contributor Tom Homan stated the individuals who know the state of affairs finest, Border Patrol, are calling it a surge. 

He stated: ‘The males and girls of the Border Patrol say it is a surge. The males and girls on the Border Patrol say it is a disaster. The males and girls of the Border Patrol know that these cartels are utilizing these kids and household models to drive them throughout the border and tie up their property.

‘This is a nationwide safety disaster. If [Ocasio-Cortez] cannot perceive that or settle for that, then she should not be in Congress in any respect.’

23. Stalled in Congress

In April, AOC was ranked among the many least efficient members of the final Congress, in accordance with a research from a nonpartisan group.

While AOC launched 21 ‘substantive’ payments to Congress, her laws didn’t progress any additional, in accordance with the Center for Effective Lawmaking – a joint mission between Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia. 

None of the laws obtained motion in committees, flooring votes, nor grew to become regulation, in accordance with the info collected from Congress.gov.  

Ocasio-Cortez ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats throughout the nation and was lifeless final among the many 19 which might be in the state of New York.

Bills that failed for AOC included her federal overhaul of public housing, a ban on fracking and a mandate to offer full federal public advantages to undocumented immigrants.

24. Crime sympathies

Before suggesting the rising crime price was little greater than ‘hysteria’, AOC stated the surge in violence was as a result of ‘determined’ folks ‘stealing bread to feed their kids’.  

She requested: ‘Do we expect this has to do with the truth that there’s report unemployment in the United States proper now? 

‘The incontrovertible fact that persons are at a degree of financial desperation that we now have not seen for the reason that Great Recession?’

Asked concerning the uptick in crime the congresswoman added: ‘Maybe this has to do with the truth that folks aren’t paying their lease and are scared to pay their lease.

‘And so that they exit, and they should feed their youngster and they do not have cash so that they really feel like they both have to shoplift some bread or go hungry.’

This was regardless of New York enacting an eviction moratorium for renters in the course of the pandemic, with a spike in violent crimes like shootings and murders.

25. 12 years and counting

In 2019, AOC claimed we now have 12 years left to save lots of the world and handle local weather change earlier than we’re all doomed.

In 2019, AOC claimed we have 12 years left to save the world and address climate change before we are all doomed

In 2019, AOC claimed we now have 12 years left to save lots of the world and handle local weather change earlier than we’re all doomed 

She wrote: ‘Climate change is right here + we have a deadline: 12 years left to chop emissions in half. A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future value preventing for.’ 

She repeated the claims in a reside stream and mocked critics who rebuffed the declare as a joke, making it clear she was critical concerning the determine.

She stated: ‘We have 12 years left to chop emissions by at the least 50 per cent, if no more, and for everybody who desires to make a joke about that, it’s possible you’ll snicker, however your grand children won’t.’

But the politician then backtracked saying her feedback have been ‘dry humour’ that everybody should not take so actually.

The politician then backtracked saying her comments were 'dry humour' that everyone shouldn't take so literally

The politician then backtracked saying her feedback have been ‘dry humour’ that everybody should not take so actually 

26. Encouraging kids to skip meat and dairy

The lawmaker really helpful that schoolchildren keep away from meat and dairy in a bid to avert the local weather disaster.

She tweeted: ‘Give your tummy a break! Skip meat/dairy for a meal (best is bfast, I do banana & peanut butter).’

The recommendation fell on deaf ears for a lot of, with some saying a wholesome balanced food regimen was an important factor for youngsters.

27. Don’t have kids!

Unlike China, the US has not had a one youngster coverage, however AOC steered that parenthood is morally unjustifiable as a result of local weather change.

She stated: ‘There is scientific consensus that the lives of younger kids are going to be very troublesome. And it does lead, I believe, younger folks to have a reputable query – , ought to, is it okay to nonetheless have kids?’

She additionally bemoaned the excessive price of school for the present era however stated there’s a ‘ethical obligation’ to go away a wholesome planet to kids.  

‘I imply not simply financially as a result of persons are graduating with 20-30,000 {dollars} value of pupil mortgage debt to allow them to’t even afford to have children in the home, but in addition simply this fundamental ethical query – like what will we do? 

‘And even when you do not have children there are nonetheless kids right here in the world and we now have an ethical obligation to them and to go away a greater world for them.’  

28. Silencing critics

In 2019, AOC was sued for blocking a critic on Twitter, shortly after the president was informed he was in violation of the First Amendment for blocking his detractors.

The Democrat publicly apologised for having blocked former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind after dropping a authorized battle.

He had claimed she violated his first modification rights, saying he was blocked after condemning AOC’s comparability of migrant detention centres to focus camps.

The choose who determined that case stated: ‘The First Amendment doesn’t allow a public official who utilises a social media account for all method of official functions to exclude individuals from an in any other case open on-line dialogue as a result of they expressed views with which the official disagrees.’ 

29. Amazon personal objective

Tech giants Amazon deliberate to open a hub in New York dubbed HQ2, giving jobs to 25,000 folks.

But AOC campaigned towards the transfer and finally destroyed the deal in 2019, with one investor calling her ‘financially illiterate’.

The growth would have obtained $3billion in tax breaks and the politician stated the federal government shouldn’t be pumping cash into an organization as rich as Amazon.

Columnist Marc Thiessen stated that ‘by serving to to drive Amazon away, she didn’t save New York $3billion she price New York $27billion’.

Amazon later confirmed a web site in New York anyway with out the tax breaks, however the workplace was a lot smaller with just one,500 employees.

She gloated concerning the choice regardless of the large job good points New York missed out on due to her campaigning.

30. Pricey haircuts

The younger lawmaker was pressured to defend her costly haircut after forking out $312 on a luxurious Washington DC salon.

Ocasio-Cortez obtained an $80 haircut and $180 low mild therapy at Last Tangle Salon. With a 20 per cent tip, the full got here out to greater than $300. 

It led to criticisms she was ‘preaching socialism whereas dwelling the lifetime of the privileged’. 

The common price of a spotlight or lowlight dye in America is $80, however can go upwards of $300 in the D.C. metro space, the place Ocasio-Cortez and different lawmakers reside whereas Congress is in session. 

The nationwide common for a girls’s haircut is $43, however in D.C. it normally ranges between $70 to upwards of $125.

But the Washington Times identified that if AOC would have gone to a government-subsidised barbershop on Capitol Hill she would have spent round $100 much less for a similar haircut.