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Ocasio-Cortez Fights Back Against Fox News’ ‘Jokes’ About Her Finances



Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed on Thursday that she will have to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she can rent an apartment in D.C. Fox News hosts had a field day with the news Friday morning, cracking jokes about the freshman lawmaker’s finances.

Fox News contributor Judy Miller suggested that the newly-elected Representative’s admission was a political move to further endear her to her base. Miller said:

“I think what she’s talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power and a little, simple person like her from New York can’t find a place to live. It is a brilliant political line.”

Anchor Ed Henry claimed that, with all the designer clothes Ocasio-Cortez wore during photoshoots after her primary victory, she can afford living expenses. Henry stated, “She had these multi-thousand dollar outfits that could pay a month’s rent in Washington D.C.”

An Ocasio-Cortez follower tagged her on Twitter to defend her against Fox News. The incoming Representative responded:

She added in a second tweet, “It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laughing at the US housing crisis.” Ocasio-Cortez also noted that she never purchased the outfits she wore in the photoshoots. She also criticized the anchors for mispronouncing her name.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman in history to be elected to Congress. At the beginning of the year, she worked as a bartender. But she pulled off a stunning victory in the primaries against top incumbent Democrat Rep. Joseph Crowley.

She has three months between the general election victory and when she is sworn in as a congressional member. In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez stated she won’t have a salary for those three months. While she saved some money before leaving her bartending job, she won’t be able to afford an apartment in D.C. until January.

While she and her partner planned accordingly, she told the NYT, “We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day.”