Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew widespread scorn for declaring that it’s “physically impossible” for people to pull themselves up by their “bootstraps.”
AOC made a reference to the cliché to justify her argument that poor Americans should not even try to lift themselves out of poverty but instead should depend on the government.
“You know this idea, this metaphor, of a bootstrap started off as a joke,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Because it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces. It’s physically impossible!”
The former barmaid (a.k.a. – the “Bronx Bolshevik”) added: “The whole thing is a joke!”
Keep in mind that before being elected a Congresswoman last year, Ocasio-Cortez was a bartender at a Mexican restaurant. AOC rose from obscurity to global notoriety and more than quadrupled her income in less than a year. But she constantly screeches that the odds are stacked against minorities in “racist” America.
Ocasio-Cortez — whose claim to fame is that cauliflower is a racist vegetable — was mocked because she failed to grasp that her own improbable success story undercuts her point.
(Source: Tom Elliott/Twitter)
Ocasio-Cortez apparently made the inane remarks in response to the powerful Congressional testimony of Iraq War veteran Rob Smith.
Smith is an openly gay, black Trump supporter who annihilated AOC’s “poor victim” mentality by discussing how he overcame poverty through self-reliance and hard work.
“This is AOC’s veiled swipe at my testimony of being a poor kid who lifted myself up via the Army, hard work, and the blessing of being born in the USA,” Smith said. “They only want to hear from black victims, not victors.”
I shared mine testifying in Congress yesterday.
This is @AOC veiled swipe at my testimony of being a poor kid who lifted myself up via the Army, hard work, and the blessing of being born in the USA.
They only want to hear from black victims, not victors. https://t.co/F4jKfn4Imk
— Rob Smith 🇺🇸 (@robsmithonline) February 6, 2020
In his testimony before Congress this week, Smith said:
“I’m a U.S. Army veteran and a proud black conservative. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and was raised by a single mother who was on government assistance for a small point in time when I was very young after my mother and father divorced.
Although we didn’t have much money or access to resources, she worked very hard to provide for her children. What we did have in our poor, working-class neighborhood was a strong sense of community and an undying belief in self.
The figureheads, parents, and activists of my day always spoke positively of a brighter future — one where they have successfully passed on the torch of leadership and hope of opportunity to us.
That undying belief in the ability for us to continuously improve and better our circumstances and the world around us is what drove me to better myself and serve my country as an Infantryman in the United States Army, including deployment to both Kuwait and Iraq.
I credit the time that I served in the Army for the unshakable belief in myself that I AM NOT A VICTIM. That there is nothing that I cannot achieve, and that I am in the best place I can possibly be in to do this, which is the United States of America.”
The First's @robsmithonline just OBLITERATED AOC's claim that it's "physically impossible" to pull yourself up from the bootstraps in this country.
All of America needs to stop what they're doing and watch this. pic.twitter.com/nOj33iznXQ
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) February 6, 2020
Rob Smith then slammed the Left’s bigotry of low expectations for minorities with its constant, rabid screeching that they should depend on the government — not themselves — to improve their circumstances.
“If I had succumbed to the soft bigotry of low expectations or to any of the rhetoric from [left-wing] elected officials who wish to substitute the role that strong individuals and communities play in supporting each other with that of an all-powerful, unaccountable, bloated government, where would I be today?” Smith asked, continuing his testimony.
“It wasn’t until I started to reject the [leftist] messages that seek to take control and responsibility out of the hands of the individual and put that into the government that I saw my greatest personal and career successes,” he pointed out.
“No one wants their lives dictated by the government. I have seen firsthand how the government can easily take on the role of “Father” in the household and the destruction and dysfunction that can cause.
After a long and steady drumbeat by this latest flock of so-called progressives, people have unfortunately come to believe that more government may actually be the solution to their problems.
A casual glance at the economy under President Trump suggests otherwise. I have seen black business owners that I myself patronize thrive in this economy. Objectively, we can see the results.
The proof is right in front of us for all to see. Even those who advocate for socialism continue to reap the benefits of the greatest economy this generation has ever seen.”
AOC’s ridiculous comments ignited Twitter snark.
Even a reporter with the left-wing Daily Beast quipped: “Long gone are the days when, say, a lower-middle class, outer-borough bartender could ascend to the commanding heights of America’s ruling elite.”
A female Trump supporter joked: “Next from AOC: “Nobody actually has a chip on their shoulder when they say they do. I have not seen a single Lays potato chip on ANYBODY’S shoulder.”
Reminder: Conservative firebrand Candace Owens echoed Rob Smith’s sentiments when she testified before Congress in September 2019.
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