The right-wing media’s unhealthy obsession with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and their relentless efforts to tear her down reached absurd levels this weekend when she was criticized for “using cars” in a New York Post article.
Evidently, the media won’t be satisfied until Ocasio-Cortez donates everything she owns to charity, shows up to work wearing a barrel held up by suspenders and travels around Washington in a nice, eco-friendly horse and buggy.
The finger-wagging and bad-faith accusations of hypocrisy can be accurately summed up by this now infamous comic panel from Matt Bors at the Nib.
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Ocasio-Cortez preemptively addressed the next “Gotcha, hypocrisy!” attack she’s bound to face by calling out her critics and making it clear just how stupid their arguments are with a scathing tweet:
The idea that you cannot criticize any aspect of modern civilization while enjoying some of its benefits is preposterous; the squalling is nothing more than a dedicated effort by the billionaire puppet-masters that own the right-wing media to discredit and derail any effort to end our reliance on fossil fuels and institute any kind of decarbonization program that might lead to a cut in their profits or — even worse — higher taxes on the wealthy.
The Green New Deal and the policies being championed by politicians like Ocasio-Cortez are of the utmost importance, and we can’t allow their pathetic mewlings to distract us from the goal of preserving human civilization and the world’s ecosystems as we know them.