Fox News guest begs Ocasio-Cortez to come to dinner. His method needs work, but his reason is admirable.

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In an effort to educate young socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about reality, of which she appears to know little about, longtime GOP donor Foster Friess graciously invited her to attend a special award ceremony Friday for those incredible Americans  who “started life in ‘humble’ conditions and worked hard to achieve the American dream.”

“The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will induct 12 new members for 2019 that evening in Washington D.C.,” Friess wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday.

“From Oprah Winfrey, President Ronald Reagan, Maya Angelou to Condoleezza Rice, Horatio Alger members started life in ‘humble’ conditions and worked hard to achieve the American dream.”

Speaking Friday afternoon on Fox News about the dinner event, Friess told host Charles Payne that he hoped AOC would accept the invitation so “she could see how so many Americans came from absolute poverty and humbleness and achieved great success.”

“And I think that’s the American dream, which if she saw more of it in action, she would be on a different wavelength in terms of her policies,” he added.


AOC, who believes America is “garbage,” has made it clear she doesn’t believe the American dream exists anymore, and this despite her own transformation from a bartender to a congresswoman.

When asked by Payne whether the young, arrogant congresswoman had responded to his invitation yet, Friess said that her office had thus far completely ignored him.

“We have not [heard back from her],” he said. “And if she’s listening, we’re going to save her a seat, so if she comes in at the last minute, she’ll have a place at the table.”

The host then suggested that perhaps he should tweet her. Given her snarky, dismissive attitude toward anyone who’s not a liberal Democrat tweeting her, it’s unclear that this strategy would work.

If anything, it’d probably inspire her to mock Friess. In fact, her followers have already begun to do exactly that by equating his cordial invitation to a creepy dinner date invitation.


Maturity has never been a strong suit of the left.

Continuing the discussion Friday, Payne rightly noted that Friess boasts his own rags to riches story. True. According to his biography, his mother “dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton in order to save the family farm in Texas,” while his father “dealt cattle and horses.”

Yet despite growing up in a poor family, Friess quickly rose up the ranks by working hard.

“Foster was valedictorian, class president, student council president, and captain of the basketball, track, golf and baseball teams,” his biography reads. “At the University of Wisconsin, Foster earned a degree in business administration, served as president of his fraternity, was named one of the ‘ten most outstanding senior men,’ and won the heart of ‘Badger Beauty’ and Chi Omega president Lynnette Estes, whom he married in 1962. Two sons, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren followed.”

So did the business the couple launched in 1974, Friess Associates.

And now that the couple are successful, they’re doing their part to give back.


“We’re so grateful it gives us the opportunity to encourage those who are on the bottom rung of our economic scale to have scholarships,” he said. “I think that’s the way we deal with income inequality — by helping those lower income rather than penalizing the ones who’ve worked hard to succeed.”

Speaking of scholarships, this year the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans doled out scholarships to 100 deserving students.

“Over 100 students who receive Horatio Alger college scholarships will be in attendance. All of which overcame challenging life and economic adversity and worked hard to achieve remarkable success in their high school years,” Friess explained in his USA Today op-ed.

“The spectacular American economy derives from a government which encourages private initiatives that achieve the wealth that makes these scholarships possible,” the piece continued.

“When we meet, I hope you will sense that I love this country as much as you do. Don’t just see me as some wealthy guy, defending the free market. Instead, see me as the son of a mother who dropped out of school in eighth grade or the $800 I had when I started my career.”

“Better yet, think of fellow 2012 Horatio Alger member Wanda Austin, who like you, grew up in the Bronx and rode three buses a day. Through hard work, she escaped the projects and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a nearly $1 billion in revenue aerospace company.”

He concluded his column by writing, “I pray you will say ‘yes.'”

Sadly, his prayer was never answered, as the young congresswoman’s been too busy insensitively pandering to the black community and retweeting left-wing propaganda to learn anything.

All she seems to know is that, despite all that capitalism has done for her and the country, she hates it and wants it replaced with something “better” …



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