AOC insists ‘tax for the rich’ sweatshirt is worth the $ 58 price tag because ‘we don’t use slave labor’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized critics who disapproved of her selling a $ 58 sweatshirt with the tagline ‘tax the rich’ arguing that the cost is justified because ‘we don’t use slave labor’.
The Democratic socialist, 31, defended her now-sold-out jersey Thursday and took a swipe at Donald Trump and his supporters, saying the difference between her merchandise and his MAGA gear is that ‘ours is made in the US.’
AOC, which has a six-figure congressional income, had shared a link to the blue jersey on Twitter Wednesday evening, writing, ‘Preorders are now open. As always, made in the US with decent union jobs paying a living wage. ‘
But she immediately faced a backlash online when social media users questioned the price tag, given AOC’s anti-capitalist stance and her calls for a billionaire tax in New York.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized critics who beat her for selling a $ 58 sweatshirt with the tagline ‘tax the rich’, arguing that the cost is justified because ‘we don’t use slave labor’
The U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district clapped back, claiming the price tag is worth it, retweeting a message from someone who claimed ‘that’s what it costs to pay everyone a decent wage along the way.’
“Republicans panic because we don’t use slave labor for merchandise that the grassroots organization funds,” she wrote on Thursday.
But what’s the difference between Trump’s merchandise and ours? Ours is made in the USA (and for GOP joking that we have to give [sweaters] free, we actually do that – just volunteer. ‘
In a follow-up tweet, she then added, “Oh, and by the way: Tax the Rich.”
Her jibe at Trump comes because the president has long been campaigning to bring production back from overseas locations to US soil.
And its MAGA merchandise is labeled with the phrase ‘proudly made in the USA’.
However, it has long been claimed that the signature red hats are made in China rather than America.
The official merchandise is “ 100% Proudly Made in the USA ” according to its campaign site, but many supporters sell and carry unofficial versions at its rallies – many of which are manufactured outside of the US.
AOC’s merchandise is ‘100%’ made in the USA and is ‘union printed’, its website says.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been widely ridiculed for selling a $ 58 sweatshirt with the slogan ‘tax the rich’
The Democratic socialist, 31, who has a six-figure congressional income, shared a link to the now-sold-out shirt on Wednesday night, writing: ‘Preorders are now open. As always, made in the US with dignified union jobs paying a living wage ‘
But social media users pointed out the irony of calling for higher taxes on the rich while thrashing a sweater, many argue that lower-income earners can’t afford it.
Author and podcaster Ben Shapiro wrote, “Only the rich can afford this crazy sweatshirt.”
Others noted that the expensive piece was the ‘most AOC thing ever’ and said they ‘couldn’t afford’ the clothes.
Reporter Mary Margaret Olohan tweeted, ‘Hey AOC, I can’t afford this sweatshirt [right now], do you have a coupon code for the non-rich? ‘
Opinion writer Eddie Zipperer said, “Selling a $ 58 sweatshirt to own the capitalists is the most AOC thing ever.”
The shirt first appeared online for $ 65, but seems to have been marked down by seven dollars since then.
@MattsIdeaShop tweeted, “AOC sells $ 65 dollar sweatshirts that say ‘tax the rich’ that only rich people can afford. Just have to say ‘Tax me’. ‘
‘If you aim for socialism, but hit capitalism’
Twitter user Lisa Boothe wrote ‘$ 58 for a sweatshirt that says’ Tax the Rich’, followed by a series of smiling emojis. Another, Danny Malouf, added, “I like capitalism when it suits me.”
User Daniel Tobin tweeted, “Nothing says ‘I’m fighting for the little guy’ like asking $ 65 for a sweatshirt.”
Young Americans for Liberty said, “A $ 60 dollar sweatshirt sold by a socialist attacking capitalism is really ironic enough.”
@RyanGirdusky said, ‘AOC has a shop where they sell shirts … otherwise known as capitalism.’
Podcast presenter Allie Beth Stuckey said, “Capitalism is great, isn’t it?”
@BoMollyLove tweeted: ‘Wish I could afford this.’
The price of the blue jersey was quoted by many online, especially as AOC has become one of the best-known voices of the American left
Other items for sale on the site include a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Drink water & don’t be racist’, on sale for $ 27, and a $ 28 cap with ‘abolish ICE’ on it.
The proceeds from the merchandise will go to AOC’s campaign.
Barack Obama said in an interview aired Wednesday that “socialism” is still too “loaded” a word for Democrats to embrace, but he defended figures who self-identify as AOC.
‘Socialism is still a loaded term for many people. Again, instead of talking labels and ideology, we should focus on talking about getting certain things, ” Obama told Snapchat’s ‘Good Luck America’ presenter Peter Hamby in part one of a three-part interview.
The former president said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should get more of a platform within the Democratic Party because she resonates with younger people “ even if they don’t agree with everything she says. ”
AOC used its 60-second speaking time at the Democratic Convention to nominate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president
Other items for sale on the site include a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Drink water & don’t be racist’, on sale for $ 27, and a $ 28 cap with ‘abolish ICE’ on it. The proceeds from the merchandise will go to AOC’s campaign
“I thought the Democratic National Convention was really successful given the pandemic. But the fact that an AOC only got what? Three minutes or five minutes? Obama complained.
“She addresses a wide range of young people who are interested in what she has to say, even if they disagree with everything she says,” he added. ‘New blood is always good. And I say that as someone who was the young shiny cool guy. But now it’s the gray-haired old gray vet. ‘
AOC has led progressive initiatives including climate and environmental issues and healthcare.