Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Fox News after its hosts had a ball mocking her for saying she couldn’t afford rent in Washington, D.C.
“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,” she tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, described her struggle to make ends meet in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress Tuesday when she won the general election in New York’s 14th congressional district. She will make $174,000 annually as a representative.
Fox News hosts and guests chuckled their way through a segment examining Ocasio-Cortez’s financial situation.
Fox News contributor Judy Miller called her statement to the Times “a brilliant political line.”
“It’s very Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to say this. I think her supporters like it. This is who she is. She comes from the Bronx,” Miller said.
She also acknowledged that Ocasio-Cortez is “likely not alone given the cost of living in Washington, D.C.”
“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,” Miller said.
Fox News correspondent Ed Henry chimed in too, accusing Ocasio-Cortez of spending her money irresponsibly.
“Some of those shoots she had during the campaign, she had these multi-thousand dollar outfits that could pay a month’s rent in Washington, D.C.,” he said.
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the accusation head-on, saying she “never purchased pricey clothes + always told my story. But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing.”
She issued a series of tweets deriding the network for bashing Americans with lower incomes.
“It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis,” she said.
She also tweeted about the importance of her disclosure.
“There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Mocking lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.”
Celebrity chef Jose Andres offered Ocasio-Cortez a place to stay in Washington. “Dear Congresswomen: you have a room, a shower, and a plate on my family table for as long as you be in need of one,” he tweeted.