Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snapped back at Ivanka Trump’s criticism of her Green New Deal proposal Tuesday — saying she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to wages, because she “actually worked for tips.”
“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,” the socialist darling tweeted.
“A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.”
The Bronx-born congresswoman was referring to Trump’s comment to Fox News Tuesday that Americans want to earn their paychecks, not take a handout.
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” the White House adviser said. “People want to work for what they get.
“So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there’s the potential for upward mobility.”
Ocasio-Cortez followed up with: “Imagine attacking a Jobs Guarantee by saying ‘people prefer to earn money.’ ???”
The lawmaker argued that productivity among American workers has grown over the years — but pay hasn’t.
“Wages are so low today compared to actual worker productivity that they are no longer the reflections of worker value as they used to be,” she wrote.