Rules and principles are for peasants, not for the rulers, and it appears that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes herself to be of the ruling class. She demonstrated just how free from the concerns of you lessers she is in three ways and at one moment using a Tesla, a Whole Foods, and an illegal parking job.
Parking illegally is definitely one of those signs that AOC believes she, an elected official of the people, does not have to abide by the same rules the people do. It’s a slimy thing to do all on its own, but that’s not really the part that makes it horrible. It’s the fact that she’s driving the car of a company she’s lambasted while shopping at a company she drove out of New York, all on the back of her “principles.”
The original report came from the Washington Free Beacon. According to Andrew Stiles, AOC’s Tesla III was spotted parked illegally at the Whole Foods with her congressional parking pass and New York license plate featured on the car, just outside her posh apartment complex in Washington D.C.
Just @AOC's Tesla (a company she's denounced) illegally parked at a Whole Foods (a company she drove out of New York) close to her super posh apartment that's in walking distance. Just one of the people. pic.twitter.com/q0EQ56wpz3
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) May 20, 2021
As the Free Beacon reported, AOC told Vanity Fair last year that she usually takes the train but she got an unnamed electric car “due to COVID.”
What makes it slightly worse is that AOC’s high-end apartment building is actually just within walking distance of the Whole Foods and that there’s even special parking for elite customers, making the illegal parking job wholly unnecessary:
Additionally, a Free Beacon cartographical analysis determined that the Whole Foods, an élite grocery establishment owned by Amazon, is located within walking distance of the luxury apartment building where Ocasio-Cortez resides.
As reported in the Free Beacon, the posh residential complex, where studios rent for more than $2,000 a month, is one of the fanciest in Washington, D.C. Amenities include a climbing wall, several pools, racquetball courts, a golf simulator, a rooftop dog park, a steam room, multiple cycling studios, two types of massage rooms, and charging ports for electric vehicles. Ocasio-Cortez has argued these amenities should be a human right available to everyone.
One source familiar with the parking situation at the Navy Yard Whole Foods described the illegal parking job as “pathetic” because the grocery store offers free parking for its élite customers.
The hypocrisy about all of this is beyond excuse.
For one, AOC is constantly trying to frame herself as one of the people, but her actions don’t measure up to her words.
Further, AOC attacked Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk as never having delivered on a return for the investment the U.S. government gave to help the company develop new technology.
“For far too long, we gave money to Tesla, we gave money to a ton of people and we got no return on our investment that the public made in creating technologies, and it’s about time we get our due because it’s the public that funded and financed a lot of innovative technologies,” AOC said during a climate summit.
Tesla has had its problems in the past but AOC never detailed how Tesla failed. Regardless, she seemed to have a large problem with the company, and it’s no secret that the left has no love for Musk who tends to push progressive politics away and even mocks it.
Yet, for all her anger toward the company, AOC seems to prefer Tesla, so she can’t be that angry about the electric vehicles she believes haven’t been a good investment.
Then, of course, there’s this issue with shopping at a company owned by Amazon, which AOC seemed to have a huge problem with back in 2018. In November of that year, AOC effectively chased Amazon out of New York after they announced they had chosen her district to put a headquarters in. The self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” immediately feigned outrage on behalf of the people and began openly tweeting against the corporation.
When we talk about bringing jobs to the community, we need to dig deep:
– Has the company promised to hire in the existing community?
– What’s the quality of jobs + how many are promised? Are these jobs low-wage or high wage? Are there benefits? Can people collectively bargain?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 13, 2018
Many in AOC’s district live in abject poverty and Amazon would have brought around 25,000 jobs to the area, immediately lifting them out and improving the area around it. Somehow, AOC managed to spin this as a bad thing and, once again, focused on the fact that corporations need to pay their fair share, not focus on establishing themselves in communities and handing out jobs.
Lastly, this isn’t just about one company or one headquarters. It’s about cost of living, corps paying their fair share, etc.
It’s not about picking a fight, either. I was elected to advocate for our community’s interests – & they‘ve requested, clearly, to voice their concerns.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 13, 2018
The truth is, if many in her district did get good-paying jobs that came with all the healthcare and infrastructure improvements, AOC wouldn’t be as popular and would likely lose power. In the end, however, Amazon pulled out thanks to AOC and New Yorkers have held it against her ever since. They continue to live in poverty, struggling to make ends meet in run-down neighborhoods.
However, AOC is enjoying the high life at Amazon companies, driving cars they can’t afford that she claims to have a problem with, and living a lifestyle her constituents can only dream of.