AOC rebuked for gloating I-told-you-so tweet about NYC Amazon jobs

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez planted herself in the middle of another firestorm as she was slammed for what was seen as a “misleading” tweet about Amazon.

The New York Democrat reacted to Amazon’s announcement that it would be moving into office space in Manhattan by posting a snarky comment and noting the tech giant would not be receiving any financial incentives from New York’s local or state government.

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“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. “Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families.”

The move by the company to lease a 335,000 square-foot space on Manhattan’s West Side will reportedly provide jobs for 1,500 employees, and without giving Amazon any financial incentives or tax credits.

Ocasio-Cortez came under heavy fire last year after she launched a war against the company which was planning to open another headquarters in New York City. After protests from the left and attacks from the freshman congresswoman about the $3 billion in state and local subsidies the company was being offered, Amazon backed out of the deal that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city.

The new space in New York’s Hudson Yards will be for Amazon’s consumer and advertising teams and is set to open in 2021, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“As we shared earlier this year, we plan to continue to hire and grow organically across our 18 Tech Hubs, including New York City,” an Amazon spokesperson told CBS New York in a statement.

News about Amazon’s intentions in the summer provoked a kind of  ‘I-told-you-so’ tweet from Ocasio-Cortez.

The news on Friday about Amazon’s latest office lease gave Ocasio-Cortez an opportunity to gloat as she added another tweet with a photo captioned, “Me waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right on Amazon and saved the public billions.”

The progressive congresswoman, who many blamed for costing New York City thousands of jobs, was slammed on social media for her premature “victory lap.”

The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson called out her “misleading tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back, telling him he “should know better.”

Others piled on her trolling of Amazon with a reality check.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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