Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to hit those criticizing her as a bartender before being elected to Congress in 2018. The New York Democrat was criticized online after she tweeted Ivanka Trump’s own criticism in reaction to a video that went viral throughout the weekend.
The daughter of the president was seen joining a discussion during the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, between British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.
“It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The U.S. needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”
Former CNN presenter Piers Morgan wrote “Could be worse… Ivanka could have been a bartender 18 months ago” in response to Ocasio-Cortez tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez replied to Morgan’s message by proposing that if more individuals worked periodic employment before being elected, the government would be in a stronger situation.
“Imagine if more people in power spent years of their lives actually working for a living,” she wrote. “We’d probably have healthcare and living wages by now.”
Ocasio-Cortez defended her past job several hours later, stating she’s proud of her restaurant job.
“I also worked for Sen. Ted Kennedy, piloted literacy projects in the South Bronx, studied Development Economics in W Africa, served as an Educational Director & won international science competitions before I ran for office, too,” she tweeted.
She continued – “Working people that GOP dismiss as ‘just a waitress/cook/etc’ contain multitudes, & are just as capable & intelligent as anyone. Classism—judging someone’s character by their income—is disappointing to see from them.
“What is so appalling to GOP about having an honest job? Some of the most nuanced, intelligent, & grounded people I’ve ever met weren’t at BU, MIT or Harvard events when I was a student. They were the plumbers & waitresses I hung out with at happy hour, who had ferocious intellectual curiosity *and* a lived context of the real world.
“In other words, Republicans who criticize my being a waitress as evidence of lacking skill can take their classism to the trash. You are insulting the capacities and potential of virtually every working person in America (& the world) for having experience that’s earned, not bought. (And that’s if they even take out their own trash, which I doubt).”