Ivanka Trump remained under fire for attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her platform to help working people on Friday when a Washington Post editorial called her out for being an “entitled” brat who doesn’t know anything about the struggle of Americans who work for a living.
Ocasio-Cortez has been pushing the Green New Deal, which would transform the United States economy by creating millions of new jobs while transitioning our country into a clean energy future to fight climate change complete with a living wage.
But when asked about the Green New Deal by Fox News earlier this week, Ivanka criticized it by suggested a living wage is an entitlement that people don’t actually want.
“People want to work for what they get,” she said. “So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want.”
As it turns out, majorities of registered voters in both parties overwhelmingly support the legislation.
Ocasio-Cortez would later fire back by pointing out that while Ivanka has never worked for an hourly wage in her life, she has worked as a bartender and cleaned toilets to scratch out a living.
As a person who actually worked for tips & hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it 2nd-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live.
A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create. https://t.co/P5FsQuhCTW
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 26, 2019
And as we have recently seen, states have been passing minimum wage increases, many as high as $15 an hour in an effort to relieve the financial burdens most Americans are struggling to deal with.
On Friday, a Washington Post editorial weighed in on the feud between the two women and ultimately sided with Ocasio-Cortez while trashing Ivanka.
“We already knew Trump was entitled, and we already knew she lacked either the self-awareness or the will to recognize that entitlement in any meaningful way,” the editorial said.
The virulence and volume of the lashing out against this latest display of obliviousness make more sense when you consider not only what she was criticizing, but also who she was criticizing: Trump was using the jobs guarantee as a proxy for the Green New Deal, and the Green New Deal, for those interested in the politics side of policymaking, is often a proxy for Ocasio-Cortez.
“Ocasio-Cortez has become an avatar of Democratic resurgence,” the editorial continued. “She grew up working-class and made her way — winning international science fairs, waiting tables, tending bar — to her upset last summer in the primary for her congressional seat. The odds were mostly stacked against her.”
Indeed, she challenged powerful incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley and had no expectation of winning. But she did and beat the odds in the process. Now “she wants others to have the chance to beat them, too, but in a fairer fight.”
And that means making sure all Americans are paid a fair wage.
In the end, the editorial took a swing at Republicans for joining the attacks on Ocasio-Cortez instead of embracing her story.
Republicans are so immersed in their own lemonade-stand ideology that their response has been not to raise themselves to Ocasio-Cortez’s level by arguing that they have also earned what they have and want to let everyday citizens do the same. Instead, it has been to lower Ocasio-Cortez to theirs by pretending that she has not earned anything at all.
The last person Republicans should want to criticize Ocasio-Cortez on matters that concern working Americans is Ivanka Trump, who has never put in a hard day of work in her entire life. She was born into a wealthy family and had the benefit of anything and everything money can buy. She has never had to worry about the bills or losing her home if she can’t pay them. She has no idea just how important a paycheck is to hardworking Americans and why they need better paychecks.
Ocasio-Cortez actually understands what working Americans are going through. She has lived their struggle and she is fighting for them in Congress. The only person Ivanka fights for is herself.
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