It would be an understatement to say that it has been quite an awful week for socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
First, AOC was repudiated by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), an organization to which she is a proud card-carrying member, over her vote in favor of a tentative agreement (TA) to avoid a nationwide strike railroad workers.
On December 4, the DSA released a scathing press statement, in which they put AOC (and fellow Squad member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)) on blast for their decision to “impose a bad contract on workers,” which “contradicts democratic socialist values.”
Specifically, the DSA wrote, “We disagree and are disappointed with the decision of DSA members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Cori Bush to needlessly vote to enforce the TA.”
On the other hand, the DSA praised AOC’s Squad colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), writing, “We are proud of DSA member Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s vote against the TA, and for sick days.”
Keep in mind, this comes on the heels of AOC being berated by her own constituents for claiming to be an “outsider” at a town hall before the 2022 midterm election.
Then, on December 6, we learned that AOC is under investigation for two complaints by the Office of Congressional Ethics based on her attendance at the 2022 MET Gala, the swanky soiree where AOC wore her infamous “Tax the Rich” gown.
According to the New York Post, the complaints allege, AOC “broke House rules by accepting free tickets to the star-studded affair.” Apparently, there are also questions as to whether or not AOC used campaign funds to purchase her ticket, which cost $35,000, to attend the event, or simply accepted the invitation as a “gift.”
Regardless of whether AOC paid for the ticket using campaign funds or accepted the pricey ticket as a gift, it sure seems like she is losing her socialist bona fides in the eyes of John Q. Public. But then again, isn’t this par for the course when it comes to socialists? As the old adage goes: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
PHOTO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @ SXSW 2019. Photo by nrkbeta. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Chris Talgo ([email protected]) is an editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute and a researcher and editor at StoppingSocialism.com.