On Monday, far-left Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engendered criticism. This happened when she showed up at the ritzy Met Gala event in New York wearing a dress with “Tax The Rich” written on it.
Ocasio-Cortez stirred criticism for attending a ritzy event in New York wearing a “Tax The Rich” dress
New York Democrat Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez drew amusement, criticism, and outrage from critics when she showed up at the $35,000 per ticket party wearing the statement dress with “Tax the Rich” written on the tail end.
Many of her critics were pointing out how ironic and hypocritic it is for the “people’s champion” to send that message in one of the most elite and expensive events in the world.
More offensive than the hypocrisy is the frivolity. A rich woman wore a "Tax The Rich" dress to a lavish party—and we must pretend these clowns define our politics when in fact such "bread and circus" battles mean little for how we're actually governed. pic.twitter.com/5cmxtnjFfI
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) September 14, 2021
Dave Portnoy wrote on Twitter, sarcastically pointing out that Ocasio-Cortez wore a “Tax the Rich” dress; yet, she is partying with all of the rich people at the most over-the-top party that is technically a festivity for the rich.
Jerry Dunleavy also wrote how the New York representative wanted to gather with a group of rich people at an elite party without losing her “people’s champion” credit. Therefore, she wore a dress saying “Tax the Rich” on it and then called it a day.
The eldest son of former President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., likewise branded AOC as a charlatan for wearing that dress in an elite event and not wearing a mask.
What makes @AOC a bigger fraud:
The "tax the rich" dress while she's hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country? https://t.co/pE84Pjquh1
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 14, 2021
Meanwhile, according to the Tax Foundation, the wealthiest Americans in the U.S. are already massively taxed. The top 1% of American taxpayers (defined as people with a gross income of more than $540,0009) already paid 40.1% of the total federal income taxes.
Jay Nordlinger: You can bleed the rich dry and the U.S. will still not have enough money to fund AOC’s government
Jay Nordlinger of National Review also posted a tweet. He stated that the country could tax the rich, take each penny they have, bleed them dry, and still not have enough money to fund the government that Ocasio-Cortez envisions.
Megan McArdle, a columnist from the Washington Post, acknowledged Ocasio-Cortez’s message is not wrong. However, what she did captures “hilariously” and inadvertently the goal of her political base.
Jonah Goldberg of the Dispatch likewise accused Ocasio-Cortez of submerging herself into the obscene wealth culture that she professes to oppose while reaping all its benefits.
On the other hand, the New York representative explained at the red carpet interview that the dress she wore was about challenging institutions and also divulging the “fourth wall”.
Ocasio-Cortez later explained that when she and her designer Aurora James partnered to create the dress, they started having a talk on what it’s like to be a working-class woman at the elite event.
She added that they cannot just “play along”; therefore, they aimed to challenge some institutions when they came up with that dress.