“Fox and Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth thinks Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a communist because she pays her Congressional staff a living wage.
“It’s actually socialism and communism on display,” Hegseth said in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to up the salary of her entry-level staffers to a living wage.
(Poor Pete clearly has no idea what those terms mean.) pic.twitter.com/8s9qd8vJke
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez soon fired back, saying the GOP “is so disconnected from the basic idea that people should be paid enough to live,” adding that calls of “socialism” are the GOP’s “go-to attack for any common-sense, humane policy.”
The GOP is so disconnected from the basic idea that people should be paid enough to live that Fox actually thinks me paying a living wage in my office is “communism.”
So the next time GOP screams “socialist,” know that’s their go-to attack for any common-sense, humane policy. https://t.co/wNe6RGVKVy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2019
Many concurred with the freshman Representative…
This is horrifying. If the Right Wing Media can convince a living wage is socialism they’ll create an entire political party that is anti middle class.
— smartguy309 (@Buster5309) February 25, 2019
Any policy that doesn’t benefit the insanely rich is socialism
— Bryan Blue Wave 🌊 (@BJBfromPDX) February 25, 2019
So, if you are paying a living wage to workers, it’s anti-free market, but if you can find an exec to accept the salary you offer, free market economics don’t apply? Got it.
— Zach Smith (@Zaqueem) February 25, 2019
“You guys!!! The rich people won’t get as much money. They’ll have to share. This is a tragedy.” -Fox.
— nervousbird (@danhaasmusic) February 25, 2019
It’s about time Americans are made aware that the ppl making too much money for what they do don’t make it ok to prevent others from making a decent wage & refuse to have any Empathy for under paid workers- Working Wages should start at affording Capitalism’s Cost to Live
— Joe Grimaldi (@joe_jg928) February 25, 2019
Fox News has dedicated significant coverage to Representative Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described “democratic socialist” whose landmark election win made her the youngest woman to serve in Congress and unseated Joe Crowley, a longtime Democratic incumbent. Their coverage of her is so extensive, in fact, that it prompted CNN to declare that “Fox News has found a new ‘villain’ in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” in an op-ed dated November 25, 2018.
Criticisms of the Ocasio-Cortez have poured out of the network regularly.