Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat who recently became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, criticized Fox News hosts for laughing at her financial situation, according to The Hill.
What this is about: Ocasio-Cortez recently revealed that she may have trouble affording rent in Washington, D.C. until she begins receiving her congressional salary.
"I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress," Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times. "So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
What was said on Fox News: Panelists made some jokes about Ocasio-Cortez's situation, pointing to expensive outfits she wore during her campaign and openly wondering whether her comment was a political ploy.
- Contributor Judy Miller: "I think what she's talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power and a little, simple person like her from New York can't find a place to live. It is a brilliant political line."
- Anchor Ed Henry: "She had these multithousand-dollar outfits that could pay a month's rent in Washington, D.C."
They did acknowledge during the segment that it is extremely expensive to live in Washington, D.C., and that Ocasio-Cortez is probably not the only member of Congress to ever have faced this issue.
Ocasio-Cortez responds on Twitter: Ocasio-Cortez received support from people online after the comments spread. She thanked her supporters while calling the Fox News hosts' comments "revealing."
"Thank you all for the overwhelming outpour of support!" Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "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."
"It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis," she also tweeted.
Thank you all for the overwhelming outpour of support! As I mentioned, we’ve been preparing and will be fine. Howe… https://t.co/GM3vZ6X4gv— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1541781721.0
1. @FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly? It’s been 5 months. 2. It is bizarre to see 1%-s… https://t.co/ozEeO4Q2Gj— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1541783336.0
Ocasio-Cortez previously worked as a bartender before entering politics.