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It’s The 21st Century And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Social Media To Call Some Things Out

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a household name for every liberal leaning Latino and young progressive. Her simple presence in Congress is breaking records. She’s the youngest person ever elected to Congress and just celebrated her 29th birthday. She refused to take any contributions from corporations and said the average donation amount was $17 from working class people who believe in a representative who refuses to represent corporate values.

Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t even been sworn in yet and she’s giving us all an insight into what it’s like to be a freshman in Congress via Instagram stories and essentially live tweeting the whole process while we all look on.

Social media has become Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ secret weapon in holding the Trump administration accountable and exposing what it looks like from the inside.

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She’s already leading the charge on a Green New Deal which would prioritize climate change as a legitimate threat to the American people. She’s even clapping back at Republicans who post fake news on Twitter.

She’s still the AOC we all fell for–a relatable, accessible, strong woman of the people.

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Her fire has only exploded since being elected. Days after the election she’s hosting protests and storming Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding for climate change justice. She has not taken her victory for granted and is ready to fight for the issues that her constituents are concerned about.

Already, she’s leveling with Trump on why math isn’t relative.

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Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a new report that shows “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”

Orientation week for this Congresswoman looks no different than my college orientation.

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Except for that she’s there to make legislation happen for all of us. The effect? Her absolute transparency during the process is raising the bar for all elected officials. No special interests own her, so she’s Instagram polling her followers on policy. This is genius.

She and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar have become fast “partners in justice”.

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Both are probably the most progressive Congresswomen-elect, seeking to erase student debt, challenge the U.S. contribution to climate change and gain Medicare for all during their time in Congress.

The two are undeterred by the chatter from the other side of the aisle as they strategize how to work together.

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Omar is working on a bill that would repeal an outdated law that prohibits headwear in Congress, essentially robbing her of her religious right to wear a hijab. Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has had to clapback at a conservative reporter who tried to discredit her story by pointing out the brand clothing she was sporting.

She swiftly responded, “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out.”

Social media is for trolling FOX News.

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Apparently, FOX News had a whole segment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ shoes, during which they both praised and insulted the congresswoman elect. Someone on Twitter pinged Ocasio-Cortez to let her know that a four-person panel discussion on her shoes was going down.

Her response? She was not bothered.

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In June, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of her shoes, worn through the soles to show how the campaign won “bc we out-worked the competition. Period.”

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t white-washing her Latinidad for anyone.

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She’s still saying her sana-sana’s for buena suerte in the Congressional Office lottery. I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I was saying my sana’s right there with her.

Ultimately, Ocasio-Cortez’ social media use is pulling our generation into the democratic process in a way nobody else has done before.

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The beauty is that she doesn’t need to wait to have the House floor to have a platform. With 1.43 million Twitter followers, she’s already just a few hundred thousand followers away from usurping Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are listening to her talk about the colonialism of Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. Ocasio-Cortez has openly called Puerto Rico a “colony” of the United States before her election and she continues to do while baking cookies on Instagram. Her opinion: the root cause of Hurricane Maria’s devastations (besides climate change) must be to give Puerto Rico authentic self-determination.

To this date, the territory’s residents do not have the right to vote in federal elections.

Chipotle chilis and restructuring the prison bail system just go together.

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True story: we’re all shooketh. @sarahephilips tweeted, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making black bean soup on Instagram live and Shaun king asked how a pressure cooker works and AOC is explaining it to him and I’m …. what is happening”

Republicans are attempting to belittle a freshmen Congresswoman but it’s just not working.

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Why? Because Republicans are more interested in inciting and complaining and Ocasio-Cortez is here to “teach & inspire.” Way to turn the administration base policy on its head. Fight fire with water.

Not only is she sharing soup with iconic organizers, she’s clapping back all day.

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When Jim Hanson tweeted, “Things will be much simpler when our Democrat Socialist overlords simply tell us who will live and who will die #DeathPanels rock,” Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in replying:

“Actually, we have for-profit ‘death panels’ now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this ‘socialist’ rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”

I mean, girl quoted CARDI B.

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She is us. She isn’t adopting any elitism or entitlement in her new role and is the public servant our generation deserves.

She is reveling in the Trump administration’s alarm at her presence.

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Her strength and defiance in the face of the political pundits trying to demean her is inspiring. She is the role model young Latinos in this country need to know that they can step up and take over the world around them.

She also has no problem questioning the world of politics in the Trump White House, like on climate change.

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Okay, we know she has a lot of questions and in no particular order, but kind of. Ocasio-Cortez is leveling up on prioritizing climate change. Finally. Our generation has arrived in government and because all y’all won’t be around to live through the apocalypse, we’re literally screaming for something to change.

READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

She wants to know why members of Congress get to enjoy such cheap healthcare but regular Americans pay twice as much.

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Healthcare has been a major issue in politics the last few years. Everyone is demanding affordable healthcare but our government has fought against it and tried to take it away when we started getting it. Ocasio-Cortez knows the struggle of trying to afford basic healthcare and she’s ready to fight for better access for all Americans.

There’s also a serious question about the need to send troops and not caseworkers to the border.

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The people coming to the border are seeking asylum, a legal act according to international and federal law. The first step to seek asylum is to arrive to the U.S. border and present yourself. Instead of meeting troops and tear gas, these people need to be confronted with caseworkers ready to help them with their asylum claim.

One thing’s for sure, Ocasio-Cortez is America’s MVP.

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If you haven’t followed her on social media yet, you’re missing out on watching a young Latina powerhouse put conservatives in their place in the most epic, singularly Latina way possible.


READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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After four long years, we finally know why Trump didn’t want to release his tax returns: abominably, he thought his terrible haircuts and adult age children were worthy of write-offs. Oh yeah… and the year he was elected he only paid $750.00.

Long before his 2016 presidential election bid, Trump dodged calls to reveal his tax returns. At the time of his bid, however, he refused to take part in a 40-year tradition carried out by presidential nominees to release tax returns to the public. During his initial run, Trump falsely claimed that he was unable to release his returns publicly while they were under audit, and throughout his presidency, he has avoided sharing them despite grand jury subpoenas. Fortunately, thanks to a piece published by The New York Times, they’re finally getting a chance to see the light of day.

On Sunday, The New York Times published the first of several reports examining Trump’s tax information.

In 2016, Trump became the first president since 1976 to not release his tax records. The decision promptly roused dismay and questions about whether the records carried “undisclosed conflicts of interest that may impair his ability to make impartial policy decisions.”

According to NYT’s latest exposé, Trump (a man who has long boasted about his wealth and has also claimed a net worth of billions of which he has also declared to be self-acquired) paid a mere total of $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

While the Times report did not cover 2018 and 2019 tax filings, the newspaper looked into 18 years of Trump’s tax returns. They also looked into his business dealings as far back as 2000 and found that in 10 of those years, the president of the United States failed to pay any income taxes “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

The Times also revealed that Trump “racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes” despite millions in income and property. In a statement for the piece, Alan Garten an attorney for the Trump Organization claimed to the Times that “most, if not all, of the facts, appear to be inaccurate.” NoteL the Times underlined that Garten appeared to be “conflating income taxes with other federal taxes.”

According to the article, beginning in 2010, Trump had been given a $72.9 million tax refund from the IRS.

The Times article explains in detail how Trump has managed to handle his business and categorize his wealth. The paper found that most often, Trump claimed his expenses as deductions from his tax bill chalking them up to business expenses. These include nearly $70,000 in hairstyling costs for his time on NBC’s “The Apprentice” over $300,000 for landscaping of the Mar-a-Lago Club and $95,000 written off for hair and makeup done for his daughter Ivanka. That’s right, the president wrote off his own adult children.

Addressing the report, the Times noted that they would not include the actual tax documents in its coverage to avoid outing its sources.

“We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances,” Times editor Dean Baquet wrote in an editor’s note. “Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.”

In response to the reports, Trump called the story “fake news” during a White House press conference on Sunday.

Speaking about the piece, Trump bemoaned that the IRS “does not treat me well.” “It’s totally fake news. Made-up, fake,” he continued. “We went through the same stories, people you could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news… Actually, I paid tax, and you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit,” Trump went onto explain. “They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. … They don’t treat me well; they treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS, they treat me very, very badly…But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you, but that’s just fake news.”

It’s important to note that even an audit could not prevent Trump from releasing his tax records to the public.

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AOC Calls Out the GOP for Their Silence on Trump’s Hairstyling Expenses: ‘They’re Spineless, Misogynistic Hypocrites’

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AOC Calls Out the GOP for Their Silence on Trump’s Hairstyling Expenses: ‘They’re Spineless, Misogynistic Hypocrites’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, once again, speaking out against the sexism and double standards she faces every day as a female politician.

On Sunday, The New York Times published a bombshell report exposing President Donald Trump’s long-concealed tax records. Not only did the article report on the miniscule amount Trump paid in federal income taxes in 2016, it also revealed that Trump wrote off $70,000 worth of hairstyling expenses while he was on “The Apprentice”.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to respond to the reports of Trump’s opulent spending (as well as the GOP’s silence) with her usual panache.

“Last year Republicans blasted a firehose of hatred + vitriol my way because I treated myself to a $250 cut & lowlights on my birthday,” she wrote. “Where’s the criticism of their idol spending $70k on hairstyling? Oh, it’s nowhere because they’re spineless, misogynistic hypocrites? Got it.”

As a refresher, AOC was publicly dragged in 2019 when conservative outlets reported that the democratic-socialist congresswoman bought a “$300 haircut” in from a “pricey salon” in Washington, D.C.

Conservative outlets tried to paint Ocasio-Cortez’s $250 haircut as proof that she didn’t actually believe in her political ideals that involve protecting the poor.

“There is nothing wrong with spending money to make yourself look better, especially as a personality who depends upon visual mediums for her power,” said Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government to conservative publication The Washington Times. “But it is a bad look to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hair done to make a video decrying income inequality.”

There was a public backlash to those who criticized AOC’s spending habits, though. “This would obvs never be a story about a man,” wrote one Twitter-user before adding: “If her hair was raggedy, that would be the lead story instead.”

It should be noted that Ocasio-Cortez did not use taxpayer money to fund her haircut. There is also no evidence that she wrote off the haircut as a business expense.

The misogyny AOC is referring to comes from the fact that conservative pundits were quick to call her (a female politician) vain when she paid for what they considered a “pricey” haircut while refusing to condemn Trump for spending much more money on his appearance.

These criticisms of her spending habits comes from deeply engrained sexist beliefs that all women care about is their looks. But Republicans seems to harp both on Ocasio-Cortez’s looks and spending habits more than her male colleagues’.

For example, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t get much push-back for spending $600,000 of taxpayer money to fund a limo trip to visit Trump’s golf course in Ireland.

But double-standards weren’t the only thing AOC called out via Twitter. She also blasted Trump for paying such a small amount in taxes when hardworking Americans are paying their fair share.

“In 2016 & ‘17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes as a bartender,” she wrote. “Trump paid $750.”

“He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses & undocumented immigrants,” she continued. “Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself. A walking scam.”

On his side, President Trump has never shied away at his ability to avoid paying taxes. When Hillary Clinton brought up his habit of not paying taxes in their 2016 debate, he shamelessly replied: “That makes me smart.”

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