Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has student loans, she is outstanding in so many respects, but like many other Americans her age. On Monday, Ocasio Cortez claimed that being elected to Congress was “literally easier” than paying off her student loans.
“It was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is for me to pay off my student loan debt,” she said at an event on Capitol Hill where Sen. Bernie Sanders presented his plan to cancel $1.6 trillion of student loan debt.
According to her 2018 financial disclosure, the Congresswoman is paying off between $15,000 and $50,000 in student loans.
“I have student loans, too,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “I think it’s so funny, a year ago, I was waiting tables in a restaurant and it was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt.”
She continued that “in order for me to get a chance to have healthcare, in order for me to get a chance to pay off my student loans, I had to do something that was nearly impossible. And I don’t think that is the bar through which a person should be able to access education, healthcare and a bevy of other things that should be considered human rights.”