“I move into this building, and its marketed as a luxury building in D.C., right? Im keeping it 100% with you,” the New York Democrat said at a town hall last week. “So I move into this luxury building in D.C. And what does it have? Its an efficient building, its clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden — yall watching my Instagram — it has all these things, right? It has clean air, it has clean water. And I think about this and Im like, Hm, this is what a luxury building is like.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to explain that, earlier in the week, she toured new affordable housing for senior citizens that looked just like hers.
So I go in, and I do a tour with one of these seniors. And she opens the door, and I look, and I open it, and it looks just like my apartment. It looks just like my luxury apartment, the freshman congresswoman said. What that shows me, and what that tells us is that what we have been taught that is a luxury should not be a luxury,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
It's becoming clearer and clearer that there is no room or patience for moderate Democrats in the 2020 presidential race. Take, for instance, the response former Maryland Rep. John Delaney received after telling an audience that Medicare for All is not good policy. He's for universal health care but emphasized that Medicare for All is not the way to get there.
Another world is possible. We can live in places, and we can live with either responsible landlords or we can live in buildings that are non-for-profit or tenant owned. There are so many ways that we can slice this. And we can structure it in a way where all people have a right to a dignified home, and its not science fiction and its not just for the rich. Because what we have been taught and what we have been conditioned is that basic rights are luxury and a privilege when they are not.
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Ocasio-Cortezs defense of her luxury apartment comes after criticism of her luxury living arrangements in D.Cs Navy Yard neighborhood.
The apartment complex includes over 100,000 square feet of luxury amenities for residents who are willing to pay thousands a month. The cheapest apartment starts at over $1,800 a month for a studio, with the most expensive at $5,200 for a three-bedroom apartment.
Tenants have access to private massage rooms, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy beds, saunas, a 25-meter indoor lap pool, a full-scale kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven, a rooftop pool with view of the Capitol, a fireside lounge featuring a Steinway & Sons player piano, a Peloton cycling studio, and a PGA-grade golf simulation lounge that allows users to play virtually on the worlds most exclusive golf courses.
According to a recent Morning Consult poll, roughly a quarter of people polled have apparently heard enough about John Delaney to form an actual opinion of him. Hes languishing at 1 percent in that same poll, alongside spirit healer Marianne Williamson. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on the other hand, is already one of the notable active names in the Democratic Party after having been in Congress for all of five months. What could she—or the movement for Medicare for All—possibly stand to gain from debating this guy?
After news outlets reported on the congresswomans luxury apartment, Ocasio-Cortez responded by blaming journalists for endangering her life.
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Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day its shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter. All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. Its reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isnt a game, she tweeted in February.
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The congresswoman, who bartended last year before being elected to Congress, said in November she thought she might not be able to afford an apartment in D.C.
Skyrocketing cost of living is a national crisis that CAN be addressed. Its not just an NYC issue – its happening in every US metro area. We need to kick luxury real estate lobbyists to the curb and defend working peoples way of life, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wont say who shes supporting for president in 2020, but shes been increasingly outspoken about which Democrats she wont get behind. On Sunday, the congresswoman condemned former Rep. John Delaney, a 2020 candidate, after he declared that Medicare-for-all is bad politics and policy. “John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Delaney defended his position on healthcare and compared Democrats who booed him at the California Democratic Party convention to President Donald Trump. “Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so lets debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion,” he tweeted. Visit Business Insiders homepage for more stories. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wont say who shes supporting for president in 2020, but shes been increasingly outspoken about who she wont get behind.
Its time to try something new, like The Pact for a Green New Deal, just launched by a large coalition of youth, workers, Indigenous leaders, artists and scientists. The plan would see Canada cut emissions in half in 11 years — in line with what the worlds scientists have demonstrated is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change — and do so in a manner that will leave no one behind.
On Sunday, the congresswoman condemned former Rep. John Delaney, a 2020 presidential candidate, after he declared that Medicare-for-all, “may sound good but its actually not good policy nor is it good politics.”
In hockey-obsessed Canada, this is an appropriate metaphor to explain to the public why we need a bold and comprehensive strategy to tackle climate change. Were running out of time to avoid catastrophic levels of warming and what we have been doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions hasnt been working.
Delaneys comments received extended boos at the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco.
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While many will associate the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman United States congresswoman from New York, the idea has actually been floating around for more than a decade. Its also not an exclusively American idea.
AOC Downplays Luxury Apartment, Says Everyone Should Have One
“Since theres so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over whos a frontrunner, maybe we can start [with] some general eliminations,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. “This awful, untrue line got booed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who ran on Medicare-for-all, followed up by insisting that single-payer would be less costly than the countrys current system.
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Delaney defended himself against Ocasio-Cortezs criticism in a series of tweets on Monday, arguing that Democrats should have an open debate about the future of healthcare policy. He also insisted that eliminating private health insurance — as some versions of Medicare-for-all would do — is a bad idea.
“Hey @AOC, we have the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there,” he wrote. “Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so lets debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion.”
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Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mixed drinks and waited on tables at a Jackson Heights restaurant Friday to promote legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage for tipped workers.
And Delaney, a former Maryland congressman, compared Democrats who shut down debate over healthcare to Trump.
Nearly 100 guests and activists gathered at The Queensboro Restaurant, located at 80-02 Queens Blvd., to watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender, serve customers at around 4 p.m. for an hour.
“Intolerance to alternative points of view is not what the Democratic Party should be about,” he wrote. “Dont we get enough of that from Trump?”
Ocasio-Cortez has also voiced her disapproval of former Vice President Joe Bidens 2020 campaign, calling his position on climate change policy a “dealbreaker” last month.
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“There is no middle ground w/ climate denial & delay. Blaming blue collar Americans as the main opponents to bold climate policy is gas lobbyist 101,” the Bronx native wrote, retweeting a report that Biden would pursue a “middle ground” on climate policy. “Were not going to solve the climate crisis w/ this lack of leadership. Our kids lives are at stake.”
The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman hasnt endorsed a candidate for president yet, but shes expressed support for both Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.