The progressive wing of the Democratic party has been incredibly energized by the arrival in Congress of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). An activist with no fear of pushing intensely for the Democratic Socialist principles that form the basis of her ideology, Ocasio-Cortez has made an impact far beyond what would be expected of someone as young and new to the power circles of Washington DC as she is.
With all of the intense media attention on the rising Democratic star, it was only a matter of time before the media-whore-in-chief started getting jealous that someone else was getting more and better press than he was. President Trump demonstrated his disdain for the Congresswoman in a contemptuous response to a question about her.
Trump on AOC: "Who cares?" pic.twitter.com/WjUx7UZNyA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2019
While Trump’s reply is easily characterized as a mere example of his patriarchal white male privilege and his political posturing, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez thinks that the media attention she’s been receiving is more disturbing to the president than he’s letting on.
The congressional Democrat with a working-class perspective has certainly made a huge splash with her proposal for a “Green New Deal” to respond to the dangerous looming climate crisis with a massive alternative energy infrastructure program to be funded by a restoral of marginal tax rates on the ultra-wealthy to levels not seen since the right-wing revolution of the Reagan era began to siphon money from the pockets of the middle class and transfer it to the oligarch class.
She went viral on Twitter last week with a reply to the mischaracterization of her tax proposal by Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) that demonstrated a command of economic policy that makes Trump seem like a failing third grader in math class.
Ocasio-Cortez used her knowledge of marginal tax rates to respond to Trump’s dismissive attitude with a blow to where she knew it would hurt him the most —right straight in the ego — with a one-two punch that implied that the proven tax cheat inflates the level of his personal wealth and hides his tax returns to hide that fact from the public.
The wink at the end of the congresswoman’s tweet is a nod to the fact that there are likely many more things that the president is hiding in his tax returns than simply a smaller level of wealth than he’s boasted of.
With Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ready to parry any attack lobbed her way on social media, it’s no wonder that both the president and the Republican establishment have her in their sights with a big target on her back and that progressives across the country are rallying to her side.
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