‘Yeah, who needs all those jobs?’ Ocasio-Cortez takes major heat for voicing ‘outrage’ over proposed Amazon HQ

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against Amazon in a tweetstorm targeting the company that may be locating a new headquarters in New York City.

The democratic socialist representing New York’s 14th Congressional District tweeted Monday that her constituents in Queens had voiced “outrage” about Amazon planning a Long Island City headquarters.

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“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The community’s response? Outrage.”

Despite the reported 25,000 employees the e-commerce giant will hire in the proposed new headquarters locations in New York City and Virginia’s Arlington County, according to the Wall Street Journal, nearby Queens residents found the move “extremely concerning.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Amazon’s decision “the single biggest economic development deal in the history of New York City.” But opponents of the move cited Amazon allegedly not paying enough tax on its profits, and poorly paying employees who worked under poor conditions, namely at the company’s warehouses.

Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, continued unloading on Twitter.

While other cities across the nation were vying for the giant company to locate one of its so-called “HQ2” headquarters, Ocasio-Cortez questioned the impact of Amazon on the community, saying the objections were not about “picking a fight.”

Other New York elected officials also were against the move.

While the Congresswoman-elect claimed her constituents were outraged over Amazon’s intentions, Twitter users reacted to Ocasio-Cortez’ complaints about the company’s plans.

Frieda Powers


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