Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 42 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 9/22/21

AOC Unmasks the Ruling Class

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   5 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Thomas Knapp

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) laughs at some of the people she's fooled into believing she's .working class..
US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) laughs at some of the people she's fooled into believing she's .working class..
(Image by Wikipedia (, Author: Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States)
  Details   Source   DMCA

"Working class Bronx native" served US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) well as "elect me" schtick in 2018.

It wasn't true -- Ocasio-Cortez is an architect's daughter who grew up in the tony suburb of Yorktown Heights (median family income of $137,580 versus the US median family income of $68,703), attended Boston University, and interned for US Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) before putting together her "just your average waitress" PR package -- but it got the political job done.

AOC continues to lean on that carefully polished mythology, most recently at the annual Met Gala, where she introduced herself and the designer of her "Tax the Rich" gown as "two working class women."

I've not heard anyone explain how a "working class" gal like AOC afforded the $35,000 ticket to the gala on her pittance of a congressional salary (only $174,000 per year; the ticket cost nearly as much as the US median personal income, $35,977). Unless she manages her money very well, it seems likely that someone gave her the ticket, which makes me wonder what kind of political favors such a large bribe might be intended to buy.

I have to wonder how much money the real working class stiffs -- wait staff, doormen, chauffeurs, etc. -- lurking in the corners of the Met Gala's celebrity footage earn per year. I bet that number falls closer to US median than AOC median.

I also have to wonder what those working class stiffs look like. They were required to wear masks while catering to the needs of AOC and her fellow ruling class party attendees as they hammed it up for the cameras, bare-faced so we could admire their pearly whites and hear the bon mots that they deigned to speak rather than air-brush onto their costumes.

The masked and anonymous serving staff included one poor guy filmed trotting along behind AOC like some European monarch's valet, holding up the train of her designer gown to keep it from touching the ground.

Marie Antoinette supposedly never uttered the phrase "let them eat cake," or displayed the lack of awareness of or compassion for working class conditions associated with that phrase. Is her unfortunate image as manufactured and mythological as AOC's "working class" pretensions?

While her "Tax the Rich" gown certainly attracted attention, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez would have been more on point with a slogan from George Orwell's Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Well Said 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Thomas Knapp Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

2020: I'm So Sick of Superlatives

America Doesn't Have Presidential Debates, But It Should

Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago

Chickenhawk Donald: A Complete and Total Disgrace

Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling ... Oh, Wait

The Nunes Memo Only Partially "Vindicates" Trump, But it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend