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Large Times Square billboard ridicules Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over major Amazon HQ withdrawal: ‘Thanks for nothing!’


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A Times Square billboard mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her celebration of Amazon's decision to cancel its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City.

What are the details?

Job Creators Network, a conservative advocacy group, is behind the billboard calling out Ocasio-Cortez for her missteps in driving away business and employment for the local economy.

The billboard notes that 25,000 potential jobs that were lost, as well as $4 billion in lost wages.

"Thanks for nothing, AOC!" the billboard adds.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham also tweeted about the Times Square billboard.

She wrote, "Check out the sign in Times Sq.! ⁦Thanks to @JobCreatorsUSA⁩!"

A portion of the organization's news release on the billboard reads:

Today, the Job Creators Network is putting up a billboard in Times Square calling out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the role she played in the recent termination of Amazon's HQ2 that was planned to be constructed in Queens. The pullout of Amazon — because of anti-business politicians, notably Ocasio-Cortez — is a major blow to the New York economy. The retreat will not only cost the area $12 billion in economic activity, but 25,000 new jobs that would have paid an average salary of $150,000.

In the news release, Alfredo Ortiz, Job Creators Network president, said that socialism is ultimately to blame.

"The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we've been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates," Ortiz explained. "The economic consequences of Amazon's pullout is just a small taste of the harm that is to come if Ocasio-Cortez's anti-business canon comes to fruition and is made federal policy."

What else?

Ocasio-Cortez was one of the state's lawmakers to oppose the idea of Amazon moving its headquarters to New York City.

A proposed relocation would have promised over $12 billion in tax revenue over the next 10 years.

On Feb. 14, a spokesperson for Amazon said, "While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."

On Feb. 14, Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news, calling out "Amazon's corporate greed" and making it very clear she was one of those politicians who would not work with Amazon.

"Anything is possible," she wrote. "Today was a day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world."

The following day, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called out Ocasio-Cortez for her role in driving Amazon away.

"As a progressive my entire life �— and I ain't changing — I'll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it's a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that's out of touch with what working people want," he said during a Friday interview broadcast on WNYC-FM.

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