Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on the campus of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
AOC really makes it too easy to mock her political stances and commentary.
As she frequently does, AOC patted herself on the back over her key role in getting Amazon to nix the plans, tweeting “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
Here we are 10 months later, and the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon has agreed to another deal to bring jobs to New York City.
An Emily’s List board member brought the news to AOC’s attention, making a point to note the deal was made “without any financial incentives from New York City or state”:
BREAKING: @amazon agrees to open in Hudson Yards in a deal without any financial incentives from New York City or state.
— MARIA TERESA KUMAR (@MariaTeresa1) December 6, 2019
AOC’s responses, which I will document below, are a case study on how she relies on her cult-like following to not only not read the fine print behind anything she tweets out but to also retweet out the misinformation and lies she so often spews, “information” which she erroneously claims back up her points.
Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time gloating, retweeting Kumar’s post minutes later, acting as though the new deal was the same as the old deal minus the tax subsidies, which supposedly vindicated her successful efforts at sabotaging the previous one:
Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways.
Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families. https://t.co/BbqhXbB9MM
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 6, 2019
Media Matters propagandist Jordan Uhl alleged that AOC was “was unfairly criticized and attacked” back in February over her actions at the time, but that now Amazon “caved”, which means her critics must have been wrong or something:
.@AOC was unfairly criticized and attacked for standing up to one of the biggest companies in the world.
That company just caved. https://t.co/tV8sTW8GYM
— jordan (@JordanUhl) December 6, 2019
AOC gleefully retweeted Uhl’s tweet and included a picture of herself, noting she was “waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right”:
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 6, 2019
However, there are two big glaring problems with her “victory lap.” This deal brings along with it 1,500 jobs. Not 25,000. The jobs will also not be in her Congressional district.
The Wall Street Journal article is behind a paywall, but enough of it is visible to see the job numbers they reported:
The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on Manhattan’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees. The new lease represents Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since the company…
I was one of many people who pointed out that this “deal” was not the big “deal” AOC made it out to be:
You're taking a "victory lap" over news that 1,500 jobs are coming though it would have been *25,000* had it not been for your stupidity? You're short by 23,500, genius. 🤨 pic.twitter.com/CJVjQyHlSH
— Sister Delecto Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) December 7, 2019
So instead of 25,000 middle class jobs in long island city, an area that is dying and. Its 1,500 white collar jobs in downtown Manhattan. Winning.
— Peter Simple (@PeterSimple5) December 6, 2019
1,500 v 25,000 & Manhattan lease v LIC build. Yeah, you really showed Amazon & your district
— Brown Eyed Sierra Dweller (@Sierra8260) December 6, 2019
Is one smug picture worth those extra 23,500 jobs no longer coming to New York?
— J. Caedus (@CaedusJ) December 7, 2019
24,000 less jobs. In a different district. Slay queen.
— Crb2007 (@crb0307) December 6, 2019
If my congressman prevented a business from investing in an underdeveloped part of my town and providing 25000 good paying jobs and then claimed victory when the same business brought in 1500 jobs to a developed part of town I’d be pissed. The people of Queens should be pissed.
— commonsense (@commonsense258) December 7, 2019
She later tried to claim the 25,000 jobs “was an unsubstantiated #”, but she still ended up getting dunked:
Hey genius, They were starting with 5k jobs in LIC on year 1, Queens Bridge residents lost 1500 jobs, we lost a 600 seat school & 10k union construction jobs, U work 4 queens not manhattan, we lost investment in infrastructure & largest economic impact in NYC history
— EricBenaim (@EricBenaim) December 7, 2019
Back in July, when there were reports that this deal was in the works, she pulled the same dishonest trick – and got called out then, too:
Well, just as we said, Amazon quietly came to NYC without needing a dime of public money or special tax treatment.
The jobs came without the cost.
NYC is an attractive place to locate on its own (incl. public infra!), w/o billions of dollars in corporate giveaway “incentives.” https://t.co/dOXWljLHcO
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2019
So the jobs are not in your district, & nowhere near the 25,000 they were going to bring . You are a fool: "Many of these cos. are willing to spend big dollars renting high-end Manhattan real estate, rather than the older office stock in Queens that Amazon was prepared to lease." https://t.co/K0J6bzdCLb
— Sister Delecto Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) July 12, 2019
Like I said, she just makes it too easy.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –