Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in an interview on Wednesday that American workers should continue to boycott their jobs even after the coronavirus-fueled shutdown comes to an end in order to protest economic inequality, as reported by Fox News.
The absurd statements are from an interview with Vice TV, where Ocasio said, in part, that “When we have this discussion about going back [to work] or reopening [the economy], I think a lot of people should just say ‘no, we’re not going back to that.’” She claimed that low-income jobs are “70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”
Ocasio had come under fire most recently for a tweet in which she celebrated the complete collapse of the price of crude oil, which was estimated to have cost over 6,000 jobs in the oil industry. In the now-deleted tweet, she said “you absolutely love to see it,” and suggested that the collapse could hasten the process of transitioning to “green” energy sources.
She also falsely claimed that President Donald Trump doesn’t want to reopen the economy, and suggested that “if you want to make sure that we reopen the economy, why don’t you turn around, march on over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and protest this president who’s not supporting our governors.” She also said that such protests should demand “tests, medical equipment, [and] hospital funding,” even though those things have nothing to do with reopening the economy.