New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has clapped back after being branded a hypocrite for touting a Green New Deal but spending thousands of dollars on ride-share apps.
According to election filings, her campaign spent $29,365.70 on car services and $8,335.41 on subway fares, despite her Queens headquarters being just a one-minute walk from the subway.
On Saturday night, Ocasio-Cortez hit back at the New York Post for highlighting the figures, claiming she is just ‘living in the world’.
‘I also fly and use A/C,’ she tweeted to her more than three million followers.
‘Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future. The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy.’
New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being branded a hypocrite for touting a Green New Deal but spending thousands of dollars on ride-share apps. Pictured: Then-candidate Ocasio Cortez sits in a vehicle after the Halloween with Alexandria event in October 2018
She took another swing at the article on Sunday, implying that her hometown newspaper is trying to create controversy where there is none.
‘The Post put the fact that I get into cars (while proposing a plan to invest in better car technology) on their front page,’ she tweeted.
‘Pack it up folks, the Pulitzer’s been decided. No one can rival this kind of hard-hitting journalism.’
The freshman congresswoman, representing New York’s 14th congressional district, says she has a goal of a ‘full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases’ within 10 years.
According to federal filings viewed by the Post, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign spent $29,365.70 on vehicles that spew the very emissions she wants to be rid of.
This is despite her headquarters in Elmhurst, Queens, being just a one-minute walk to the 7 train.
The federal filings claim Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign made 1,049 transactions for various ride-sharing services, 505 of which were for Uber alone.
In comparison, the campaign paid merely $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions, the Post reported.
The fact sheet of the Green New Deal claims that the only way to completely stop using fossil fuels and greenhouse gases is to ‘totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail…create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.’
But she didn’t take too many high-speed rail trips, booking just 18 on Amtrak, says the Post.
Her headquarters in Elmhurst, Queens is just a one-minute walk to the 7 train. But allegedly, just $8,335.41 was spent on 52 MetroCard transactions. Pictured: Ocasio-Cortez at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in January 2019
During her campaign, she also booked 66 airline trips at a cost of $25,174.54.
The rising star of the Democratic Party says one of the reasons she was able to beat incumbent Rep Joe Crowley in the primaries is because she did a lot of walking.
‘I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles,’ she tweeted last June. ‘Respect the hustle. We won [because] we out-worked the competition.’
She even donated the well-used shoes to the ‘Women Empowered’ exhibit at the Cornell Costume Institute.