Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) loves to play the victim and her latest effort included a woeful lamentation on her “insanely expensive” cost of living despite her considerable salary and numerous perks as a member of Congress.
When the consequences of their decisions prove negative, progressives fall back on their victimhood and members of Congress are no exception. Having already lashed out once this week after her endorsement of protesters harassing Justice Brett Kavanaugh out of a restaurant earned her some heckling of her own, Ocasio-Cortez needed to vent about the burdens she carries while making $174,000 per year.
Writing on her Instagram account, AOC proved how out of touch she is with the average American struggling with inflation brought about by the policies that she promotes. “It’s insanely expensive, there is no stipend or per diem for it, and you’re not allowed to write it off even though your job forces you to have it,” she stated.
“This creates real class dynamics in the House. Many sleep in their offices, but if you are caught, it could get bad for many reasons,” she added, “including violations.”
The New York lawmaker went on to lament how being a representative has added burdens because she must have a residence in Washington, D.C. and in New York. “I rent in both cities. It’s so so much. We have to find a new apartment in NYC soon and I’m STRESSED. Rent is wild and the idea of [apartment] searching and moving while legislating and campaigning is yikes.”
Ocasio-Cortez has a history of professional victimhood with her most notable display occurring at a Met Gala in September when she wore a $10,000 dress that read “Tax The Rich” to an event that cost $30,000 to attend.
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Meanwhile, she recently told the Associated Press how the perception that she is out of touch is always a concern. “It’s always a concern that that’s a perception. I’ve never had any control over the fact that that kind of phenomenon started the moment I was elected,” she claimed. “If anything, that’s why it’s really important for me to continue to be here in the community.”
The act that she is just another average person has been sold to some constituents like 21-year-old Daron Jones who told the AP, “I knew she was big. It inspires me how she is just a regular person. She’s just here trying to help the community.”
However, the notion that she is a regular person dealing with normal expenses neglects to factor in the reality of the perks available to her as a congresswoman that include the Member’s Representational Allowance which as of 2017, according to Fox Business, allotted nearly $1 million toward official expenses “like staff, travel, mail, office equipment, district office rental, stationery and office supplies.”
Not everyone was fooled by her persona though as New York Democratic political strategist Jon Reinish noted to the AP, “Outside of the very online far-left, she’s not popular. She is considerably to the left of the vast majority of New York voters.”
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