Since her unexpected ascent to congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's intelligence has been routinely dismissed by her Republican colleagues, despite her various academic achievements and the astute questions she asks in committee hearings.
Ocasio-Cortez is a vocal critic of the existence of billionaires, citing the rampant wealth inequality in the United States and the scarcity of resources for public safety nets. AOC is a proponent of a marginal wealth tax, which increases taxation on each dollar after a certain amount—usually around 50 million dollars.
The public health crisis in the United States and its ensuing unemployment have highlighted the unsustainability of resources such as health insurance, food supply, income, and housing under the current system.
When news broke that billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates was having to convince other billionaires to contribute in the fight against the virus, Ocasio-Cortez called for a system that billionaires would pay a certain amount of their income to, required by the government.
She was facetiously presenting the United States tax system as though it were hypothetical, to show the need for increased taxation on the wealthiest in our society.
If only there were some public fund billionaires could pay into along with everyone else that helps fund our infras… https://t.co/UPaDOaM10Y— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1589404174.0
But men all too eager to dismiss her intelligence took her joke in earnest, and soon began "informing" a United States Congresswoman that there is such a thing as income tax.
Ocasio-Cortez called them out, and many of them deleted their tweets and even their entire accounts in response.
Quite amused by the men in my mentions volunteering to explain my own joke to me https://t.co/KinoKIj4cY— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1589415070.0
This is policy head for @BudgetHawks, btw. They lobby both parties for austerity policies in DC (aka cutting public… https://t.co/8aSePipQqm— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1589420286.0
(Editor of the National Review) 😂 https://t.co/FB5vJCaQO2— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1589424022.0
People hailed AOC's latest Twitter clapback.
I love that @AOC is calling out men who are mansplaining her own joke, and using the opportunity to shine a bright… https://t.co/lqxjl8ymxz— Alanna Mallon (@Alanna Mallon)1589463747.0
Oh FFS. Why is it that some men simply cannot get their heads around the fact that there are women out there who ar… https://t.co/tkppSE9Oya— Keith Devlin (@Keith Devlin)1589417850.0
Like her politics or not... She is smart and quick as hell! https://t.co/75SfE8nnM5— Nicki (@Nicki)1589416747.0
Always remarkable to me the number of people that either a) can't read an obvious bit of satire, or b) feel that a… https://t.co/y2AlKFhYt1— Graveyard Dog 💀💀💀 (@Graveyard Dog 💀💀💀)1589417148.0
One of her targets even deleted his account after being called out.
Guy deleted his whole account which is EXACTLY what I would've done if this happened to me. https://t.co/7eJiBBOg5N— Carlos Maza 🌹 (@Carlos Maza 🌹)1589418271.0
@ComfortablySmug dude deleted his whole account 😂 https://t.co/UzqL75wo1Z— Random Thoughts (@Random Thoughts)1589446499.0
😂 I love her https://t.co/a5atAkBB9O— G (@G)1589416648.0
When will they learn that AOC is matchless when it comes to Twitter comebacks?
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