‘Gotta run!’ Ocasio-Cortez reportedly dodges question on shutdown pay, but makes room for selfie-time


When confronted on Capitol Hill this Thursday about whether she’s being true to her word and not accepting a salary as the ongoing government shutdown continues, newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez essentially pleaded the fifth, in that she refused to answer.

“I’ve gotta run!” she reportedly told New York Post reporter Nikki Schwab.

“She then scampered down a crowded hallway to get in line for her mock swearing-in with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” the Post reported early Thursday evening.

Her unwillingness to be forthright suggests she’s continuing to collect her salary, despite having argued last month that congressional salaries should be furloughed during shutdowns.

While it’s true she specifically referred to future shutdowns, many have argued that if she genuinely meant what she said, then she should start now and refuse to collect her pay.

Some feel similarly about her proposal to impose draconian tax rates as high as 70 percent on the highest-earning Americans so as to fund her widely panned “green new deal.”

The “deal” calls for using government regulations coupled with federal subsidies to eliminate the fossil fuel industry and replace America’s energy production with renewables within 10 years.

During a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday, she called for more Americans to pay “their fair share” in taxes to make sure the deal reaches fruition.


But as noted by social media users, the congresswoman has showed no signs that she intends to donate any of her own earnings to fund her “deal.” Couple this with her refusal to be forthright about her current pay situation, and she starts to look hypocritical in the eyes of many.


The writer of the latter tweet may have had a valid point about the congresswoman fitting in among other Democrats. The party in general has a history of broken promises.


This especially applies to the newest House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez. Though many vowed to block House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from reacquiring the gavel, Ocasio-Cortez ultimately caved.

Watch below as the young congresswoman is booed on the House floor Thursday when she renegades on her word and votes in favor of making Pelosi speaker again:

Though the congresswoman apparently lacks the time to properly answer questions or stick to her word, she did, however, manage to find some time Thursday to take selfies.

Yes, selfies …


This behavior was not well-received on Twitter.


And yes, it’s true, former President Barack Hussein Obama, also a Democrat, loved selfies too.



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