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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Ivanka: "A Living Wage Isn't a Gift, It's a Right"
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46026"><span class="small">Jason Le Miere, Newsweek</span></a>   
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:51

Le Miere writes: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back Tuesday at Ivanka Trump's criticism of her Green New Deal and what she called a 'guaranteed minimum.'"

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Getty)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Getty)

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Ivanka: "A Living Wage Isn't a Gift, It's a Right"

By Jason Le Miere, Newsweek

27 February 19


lexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back Tuesday at Ivanka Trump’s criticism of her Green New Deal and what she called a “guaranteed minimum.”

“As a person who actually worked for tips & hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it 2nd-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live,” the Democratic congresswoman tweeted to her large Twitter following.

“A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right,” she added. “Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.”

Earlier in the day, an excerpt of an interview Ivanka Trump gave to Fox News due to air Sunday went viral, attracting plenty of criticism.

“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get,” Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and a White House senior adviser said.

“So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want,” she continued. “They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there’s the potential for upward mobility.”

Shortly before Ocasio-Cortez came out with her response, Ivanka Trump sought to clarify a report that said she was challenging the idea of a minimum wage.

“No I did not,” she wrote. “I support a minimum wage. I do not, however, believe in a minimum guarantee for people ‘unwilling to work’ which was the question asked of me.”

In a subsequent tweet, Trump wrote: “I’ve spent much of the last 2 years focused on inclusive economic growth via workforce development and skills training as well as pro-working family policies such as the doubled Child Tax Credit & CCDBG.”

But Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t finished with her criticism. In a later tweet, she referenced an opinion article when writing: “Imagine attacking a Jobs Guarantee by saying ‘people prefer to earn money.”

The conflict between the two high profile figures came just a day after President Donald Trump claimed that his eldest daughter had “created millions of jobs.” The president did not explain how his daughter had done so, although a White House official later suggested to Newsweek that he was referring to “opportunities” she had created through the National Council for the American Worker.

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+15 # DongiC 2019-02-27 14:38
It sounds to me like Ivanka is against the idea of a minimum wage. I guess it sounds that way to AOC also. Hence, the sharp statement about someone who has actually worked for hourly wages and tips.
-33 # BKnowswhitt 2019-02-27 15:29
Go where the people tell you to go? OK. Say any of the egregious legislation gets passed .. lies on global warming then changed to climate change oxymoron ... normal climate always changing and there are always extremes perfectly NORMAL .. over tax the middle class .. the rich rich already fund half the pool of tax dollars .. then go back to your bartending job .. there will be no more expendable income to support the service economy .. and you won't make shit on tips .. and have your hours cut .. this is the party that used to help the working class .. now elitist backed well to do high left ...
+7 # rural oregon progressive 2019-02-28 03:35
I know BS when I see it... Hell it is ever-present in your RSN screen name. You are correct only in your statement that the middle class is over-taxed (compared with the oligarchs... but you conveniently left that part out). Why are you even on this site if you don't agree with progressive ideas. Hell, I won't even go to right-wing and neo-lib or neo-con sites because even reading their shit gives them a "click". You are either a troll for the wealthy, or you are ignorant of actual economics and been brainwashed by corporate mouthpieces. The good news is that Bernie got more votes in the last election from millennials than Hillary and Donald J. Trump in 2016 primaries. That was 3 years ago and there are 11,000 young people becoming eligible voters every day since them, as older voters die off in close to the same numbers. It is about demographics baby! Government hasn't done shit for people under 35, and they suffer at a far greater level than do those of us over 35 (I'm 67). It is time for OCA and Bernie's vision to come to fruition. Either get on board, or get the Hell out of the way, because those "pesky young people" are determined to save their country and the future of the planet. And as far as climate change: Deny it all you want. Just keep pretending it ain't happening. That, and other fantasies seem to suit you just fine. Meanwhile, go get a minimum wage job and see how well you live. Better still, work for tips - with your attitude, you'll starve.
+8 # jwb110 2019-02-27 23:44
Ivanka too stupid, it runs in the family, to understand that more people would buy her Chinese made good if that had the money to spend. None of these guys get that functioning economies are a bottom up system. Her class makes most of their money not paying taxes and none of them have ever done a lick of hard labor. What a moron she is!