A freshman congresswoman who called billionaires modern-day slave owners said she wants to wrestle away their power – for the people, not for her - on the most recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
“No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told a church gathering Monday in Harlem.
Ocasio-Cortez has never hidden her socialist ideology, such as her leadership as a Justice Democrat, but it appeared the gloves came off – or the mask slipped – when she spoke at Riverside Church. Billionaires unfairly enjoy power and influence over industries and exploit their under-paid workers, she claimed, so to be “ethical” they need to give up “control and power” to the people they employ.
Citing the example of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who is currently the world’s richest man, she said Bezos should turn the company into a “worker cooperative” to be seen as a good person.
“So I don’t want your money,” she continued, “as much as we want your power.”
The congresswoman immediately added that she was referring to “the people” who deserve that power, not herself, and predicted her words would be “cut into clips” to use against her.
And that prediction certainly came true: Syndicated columnist and speaker Ben Shapiro blasted Ocasio-Cortez for the “nonsense” she espoused about production, labor, and the free market.
“In the end,” Shapiro writes in the column, “what AOC truly wants is government control. Worker collectives won't do the trick. Only top-down government redefinition of the value of labor will."
“AOC screws up, says the quiet part out loud,” reads the headline of a RedState op-ed that notes how she quickly claimed she was referring to power for “the people” and not for herself:
The thing is, she meant every word of it. This is why communism (and even more meager forms of socialism) always fail. It is a system that simply can not exist without placing the power of the people into the hands of centralized tyrants. AOC sees herself as the one holding the power while she dictates to the little people. It’s all very convenient for her. Socialism for thee but not for me and all that.
Talk show host Richard Randall tells OneNewsNow he saw “naivete” about the economy and labor from the first-term lawmaker that one would expect from a clueless high school student.
“Or maybe even in college,” he says, “but not a grown woman who's 30 years old, who's been out in the workforce.”
CNN, which has swooned over Ocasio-Cortez as a Democratic socialist, also fact-checked her criticism of Amazon last year: She was untruthful that the mega-corporation doesn’t provide health insurance coverage. The company’s starting hourly salary is $15 and hour and it has lobbied Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, CNN reported.
The congresswoman, however, blasted billionaires such as Bezos for exploiting workers while getting wealthy.
“You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages, and in some cases real slave, real modern-day slavery depending on where you are in terms of food production,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “You made that money off the backs of undocumented people. You made that money off the backs of black and brown people being paid under a living wage.”
Amazon is no ally of the Justice Democrat: She emerged as a major foe of Amazon when the corporation announced plans to build a major campus in Queens, and The New York Times later cited a poll of New Yorkers who blamed Ocasio-Cortez when Amazon backed out.
According to Randall, Ocasio-Cortez is following the same Democratic playbook: appealing to their base by using envy to make them angry.
“This victim mentality that she and the Democrats keep pushing on to their voters, and the people who they want to vote for them,” he says, “ just drives me crazy.”