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AOC And Elon Musk Spar With Each Other On Social Media

AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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In a video released on social media Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) fired at Elon Musk after she claimed her Twitter notifications were not working. 



In an Instagram story posted on Wednesday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that her Twitter notifications were no longer working after she criticized Elon Musk.

The criticism was over Musk's plan to charge users $8 a month to verify their accounts. Musk posted a tweet yesterday with a photo of a sweatshirt sold on the New York Democrats' website for 58 dollars.

AOC fired back, saying that her workers are in a union and make a living wage, and proceeds go to, quote, "community investments" like tutoring kids. Ocasio-Cortez delighted in the fact that Musk lashed out at her, saying, quote, "We have a billionaire." That's the American dream right there.

In her released video, AOC said:

I was at a community event in the Bronx and Co-op City, and when I got home, I saw a text from my team saying, "Hey, let me know if you need any help with this Elon stuff," and I was like, "What?" So I pulled my Twitter app, and it's like gone, like when you pull up your mentions and stuff like that, it's just like a blank screen, totally gone.

And I was like, "Hmm, that's weird." So it turns out we got under a certain little billionaire's skin. Of course, I made fun of his silly little plan to charge people for verification and priority placement.

AOC Heckled By Constituent At Town Hall Event in the Bronx, New York

You pay eight dollars for people to see your tweet tomorrow and get silly. So anyway, it made him mad, so then he decides to like tweet a screenshot of our campaign store because our sweatshirts are like 50 to 58 dollars, as some kind of gotcha that, like other people, they pay money for goods with an emphasis on real goods in the world.

But here's the thing: unlike Elon Musk, all the workers with our campaign are unionized, we pay full health care, we have other benefits like child care stipends, and proceeds go to community organizations. Through investments like tutoring kids in underserved communities, especially after COVID, we do things for society with the resources that are entrusted to us.

Billionaires pocket the change and take that extra money to Wall Street. So whenever you have one person that has a lot of socially influential wealth, usually off of the backs of skimming off of and underpaying working people or exploiting them or the planet in some way, like when they've amassed that much, it does not help society; in fact, it hurts society.

So this is just your annual, daily, minute reminder that indeed every billionaire is a policy failure in a country that does not guarantee health care and that has enormous amounts of poverty. Also, there's something that is so satisfying about just being here in the Bronx in Parkchester with my dog, and we have a billionaire pressing like per usual, our American Dream right there.

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