Far-left Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez faced backlash after sharing a video on Instagram that attributed rising prices solely to businesses and called discussion of inflation “propaganda.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to repost the video sparked anger among her own constituents and those on social media.
The video was a product of the Aotearoa Liberation League, an organization that describes itself as a “decolonial justice project” from New Zealand and alleges that corporations are driving inflation.
“The propaganda around inflation and cost of living is so powerful that we forget the fundamental fact that companies set the prices for their products.”
The Democrat’s decision to release the video sparked outrage in her district
“Is AOC crazy?” said Latisha Law, a certified nursing assistant from the Bronx. “Has she been to a grocery store recently?” $1,000 is nothing, nothing more. 100 dollars is nothing, nothing more. “Maybe she should invest some time in the projects and really help people.”
The video was a product of the Aotearoa Liberation League, an organization that describes itself as a “decolonial justice project” from New Zealand
Controversial Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez shared the video on her Instagram account in which she called inflation “propaganda.”
Ocasio-Cortez waves to photographers, accompanied by Chilean President Gabriel Boric. Her followers are now condemning her for posting the video, with one asking: “Has she been to a grocery store recently?”
Inflation has devastated the U.S. economy, making it difficult for people to buy everyday items. Inflation peaked at 9.1 percent at one point in June, but has cooled as the Federal Reserve raised mortgage rates to bring the value down.
Because of price increases, Americans are paying more for goods, from food to utilities.
After reposting the video, the politician was criticized by people who saw it as a way to shift blame from politicians to companies.
The activist in the video attributed the rising prices to “a bunch of greedy shareholders.”
The video sparked anger among some people in her district to anger the controversial congresswoman for sharing the video. Latisha Law said she worked two jobs “just to survive.”
“I’m killing myself just to feed my family.” “It’s much worse now than before the pandemic,” added the single mother of three.
Underlying the anger was a belief that the government — including elected officials like Ocasio-Cortez — should play some role in curbing inflation.
Ocasio Cortez represents New York 14th Congressional District which includes parts of Queens and the southeast Bronx.
About 14.5 percent of people in the district live below the poverty line and only 30 percent of the population have a bachelor’s degree. Almost half of the population was born abroad, with the majority having Latin American roots.
Reporter from the New York Post spoke to a handful of the county’s nearly 700,000 residents but concluded they all had similar stories.
They found that the majority of people did not know who the representative was and had difficulty identifying the Democrat.
In the video from Aotearoa, New Zealand, an activist blames inflation on “a bunch of greedy shareholders” and writes off inflation discourse as “propaganda.”
Ocasio-Cortez, seen here at a public housing town hall in 2019, has been criticized for rarely spending time in her district in recent years
The 33-year-old represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which stretches across the Bronx and Queens
Lattina Brown, who ran for election to the New York City Council in 2021, wrote: “I live in your district and we can barely afford basic amenities.” The rent is very high. She’s full of crap!’
Several users of X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, urged Ocasio-Cortez voters to learn about the people running in their district.
“It’s time for the people who elected her to realize their mistake,” one user wrote. “Only their voice can change the burden on their lives. “If they can’t do it, making ends meet every month will get worse and worse.”
Citing the article, another user wrote, “Most couldn’t identify her or know who she was – but they will go to the polls, recognize the incumbent by her name and re-elect her.”
“And yet they continue to vote for her,” said another. “She doesn’t feel sorry for her voters at all. “They get what they voted for.”
Others criticized the politician for being out of touch with the reality facing her voters.
“In her defense, she’s in the political class now, inflation has no effect on her and her comrades, so technically she’s telling the truth, just not THE truth,” one user said.
Ocasio-Cortez drew similar ire when she attended the 2021 Met Gala wearing a floor-length white dress that read “TAX THE RICH.”
She was condemned as a hypocrite when she attended an event where tickets cost $35,000.
“AOC wearing a Tax The Rich dress to an event where admission costs 30,000 per person sums up what’s wrong with our country,” one user commented on X.
“If she cared about taxing the rich she would have protested the Met Gala, but instead she joined the party,” wrote another.
AOC was criticized for attending the 2021 Met Gala, where tickets cost more than $30,000. She was later investigated after a nonpartisan watchdog raised concerns about accepting gifts
Social media users reacted to the politician’s bold choice of dress, reflecting on the irony of wearing it to an event where entry cost tens of thousands of dollars
In addition to attending the party, the congresswoman reportedly paid for her dress, hair, makeup, hotel room and other items only after being contacted by the Office of Congressional Ethics
The young politician was subsequently investigated after a review found that there was “substantial reason to believe that she had accepted improper gifts.”
The review noted that she was provided with a dress, shoes and accessories, as well as hair and makeup services, transportation and a hotel room in connection with the event.
Ocasio-Cortez paid for the items only after she was contacted by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
The OCE submitted a referral to the Ethics Committee of the United States House of Representatives on June 23, 2022.
The 33-year-old “may have violated house rules, standards of conduct and federal law” when accepting the gifts, the referral states.