Bongino corrects AOC’s boasts about generous staff salary: ‘She’s NOT paying this living wage, YOU are!’

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Like her good friend Muslim congressman Ilhan Omar, socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is struggling to understand how the federal government actually works. She demonstrated this Friday by touting her willingness to pay her staffers what she calls a “living wage.”

“Leadership starts with our choices. That’s why I decided that no one on my staff will make less than $52k/year. It’s likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill. We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it’s worth every dime to pay a living wage,” she proudly boasted on Twitter.

AOC is among the far-left Democrats who believe the minimum wage needs to be skyrocketed so as to ensure every cashier, every burger wrapper and every fry cooker can afford to live as nicely as she does.

This week she reportedly instituted an office-wide policy that boosted every one of her staffer’s salaries to no less than $52,000. She thinks this boost makes her immune to accusations of hypocrisy.

She thinks wrong. She thinks very wrong. How so? Because she’s not the one funding her staffers’ salaries, as noted by outspoken conservative commentator Dan Bongino:

Correct. The American people are the ones funding her staffers’ salaries and thus their newfound raise.

So if anything, her latest move makes her look like even more of a hypocrite, especially in light of her own luxurious $174,000/year salary and her reportedly poor-people-free apartment.

The underlying argument against AOC is that it’s easy to live by socialist principles when you use other people’s money to pay for your socialist expenditures. It’s much harder to use your own money.

Were Ocasio-Cortez a business owner — versus a congresswoman whose every office expense is funded entirely by the government — she’d not be as generous with her money. And that’s a fact proven by her own past behavior.

During her stint as a bartender prior to running for Congress, she tried to stiff waitresses of their tips.

“[O]ne waitress has a bad memory of working with Ocasio-Cortez, 28, as Ocasio-Cortez tended bar during the very busy Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2017,” Page Six reported last summer.

“At the end of the night, when it came time to split the $560 in tips she had gotten at the bar, Ocasio-Cortez gave the waitress only $50. After the waitress complained to her manager, her take was doubled to $100, a source said.”

“It says so much about her character. From that point on, I wouldn’t talk to her. I couldn’t look at her,” the source reportedly said.

Hypocrisy much?

It’s not her first bout of hypocrisy, nor will it be her last. Her entire agenda reeks of hypocrisy, from her widely panned “Green New Deal” to the way she first lectured other members of Congress about why they shouldn’t accept a salary during the government shutdown, but then turned around and kept accepting her own salary.


The latest hypocrisy revolves around her self-created image of a people’s champ who’s never accepted money from PACs or super PACs. That too has turned out to be a lie.

And in regard to the GND, which calls for banning air travel, combustion-engine vehicles, nuclear energy, fossil fuel energy, meat and cow farts to stave off imminent doom, social media users are curious why — if she really believes the world’s about to end —  she’s not implementing any of these changes in her own office?

Just like her mentor, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, AOC never lives by the stipulations that she seeks to impose on others.

The young congresswoman has tried to deflect the latest criticism against her by claiming it’s others who don’t have a clue how things work:

But what she wrote proves nothing:

Not that there’s a point in trying to explain this to her, since it’s clear she’s not interested in listening and learning.


Vivek Saxena


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