Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rides Around In Her Aunt's Chrysler Like A Big Car-Ridin' JERK!
Conservatives like to attack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a charlatan who claims to have high-minded ideals but is secretly just as loathsome and corrupt as they are. It's quite the self-own, but capitalism itself is at stake so it's worth it. Morons at CPAC last weekend suggested that Ocasio-Cortez wants to ban hamburgers and force everyone to ride around in foot-propelled Flintstones cars. Yet the congresswoman allows her aides to eat burgers in her presence without going full Klobuchar. Worse, she was also spotted recently inside a gas-powered horseless carriage.
Sunday, the New York Post "exposed [Ocasio-Cortez's] penchant for riding in gas-guzzling, private vehicles." Ocasio-Cortez attended a St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens and left the scene of this crime in a minivan. She was not styling and profiling in a tricked-out Hummer limo from a '90s rap video. Her "chauffeured ride" was a white Chrysler Town & Country. They don't make these anymore, but the 2016 model reportedly gets only 17 miles per to the gallon. Just how many forests did Ocasio-Cortez personally kill with her hypocrisy?
The Post's "gotcha" apparently is that Ocasio-Cortez was just a five-minute walk from a likely 50-minute wait for the 7 train. Why does she act as if her time is valuable? Ocasio-Cortez responded to this BS in her typical clever way. She basically laughed in the Post's face and suggested that this year's Pulitzer was already decided. Who could compete with high-octane journalism?
"Tía" is Spanish for "aunt," so, the Post "exposed" Ocasio-Cortez as someone who takes rides in her aunt's old car. That should've ended all this silliness but no, some folks on Twitter were ride or die for "tía-gate." They claim Ocasio-Cortez should "set an example," which presumably means never using automobiles even when economically and practically efficient. The Green New Deal, by the way, says nothing about banning cars because that would be stupid. Conservatives might prefer to attack an imaginary, stupid Green New Deal, but that's their business. We're all busy over here in reality.
The Post also repeatedly criticized Ocasio-Cortez for using Ubers, taxis, and for-hire vehicles. However, Ocasio-Cortez openly admits to existing in the 21st Century and has confessed to flying in planes and using air conditioning.
AOC: "Living in the world as it is isn't an argument against working towards a better future. The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy."
Conservatives keep coming for Ocasio-Cortez and she keeps slaying them in under 280 characters. Last week, she joined Rep. Rashida Tlaib in denouncing Rep. Mark Meadows's shameless use of a black woman as a congressional lawn ornament. Just because Donald Trump has deigned to hire black people doesn't mean he's not a racist. Fox's Charles V. Payne tried to flip the script on Oscaio-Cortez and expose her as the true racist who, unlike Soul Brother Trump, probably hasn't even hired a black.
We don't know why Payne would think Ocasio-Cortez's staff was secretly whiter than a Trump rally. Of course, she has a diverse team. What did he hope to achieve here? Did he just want to get publicly spanked like whenever Dinesh D'Souza says something stupid within range of Kevin Kruse?
The Post claims that Ocasio-Cortez is "addicted to Uber," but conservative media is addicted to bringing down Ocasio-Cortez. It will never stop being tiresome.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He recently fled Seattle, where he did theatre work for Book-It Rep and Cafe Nordo.