NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has come under fire for selling a “Tax the Rich” sweatshirt on her official campaign website for a price that only the rich may be able to afford. The sweatshirt, retailing for a whopping $58 – presumably not including tax and shipping – comes with a “Tax the Rich” logo emblazoned on the front in a hand-drawn font, followed by an “AOC” logo – Ocasio-Cortez’s popular nickname – underneath.
Originally the sweatshirt was being sold for $65 before the price was lowered. The AOC shop notes that their products “are proudly made in the USA and union printed.” Other AOC-branded merchandise available includes “Abolish ICE” t-shirts and stickers that say “Drink Water & Don’t Be Racist.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who often champions herself as an advocate for economic equality and a proponent of a marginal tax as high as 70% on income above $10 million to pay for the proposed $93 trillion Green New Deal, was roundly criticized and mocked on social media for her pricey sweatshirt gaffe, which many saw as tone-deaf as it relates to her base.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro chimed in on Twitter, noting that “Only the rich can afford this idiotic sweatshirt.”
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Another Twitter user claimed that AOC’s merchandise was nothing more than a mere cash-grab, referencing the “Tax the Rich” sweatshirt’s original $65 price.
“Genius. Lets make new clothing that will end up in another landfill, charge $65 for a sweatshirt, and have the audacity to use “The Green New Deal” as a logo. REAL GREEN, making more clothing. But alas, it’s about virtue SIGNALING, not ACTUALLY having virtues.”
Another Twitter user called out the alleged hypocrisy of Ocasio-Cortez for being anti-capitalism… except when it seems to benefit her.
“AOC is selling $65 dollar sweatshirts that say ‘tax the rich’ that only rich ppl can afford. Should just say ‘Tax Me.’ When you’re aiming for socialism but you hit capitalism.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who was recently re-elected to a second term this November, responded to the criticism via a tweet.
“Republicans are freaking out bc we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing. But what’s the difference between Trump’s merch and ours? Ours is made in the US.”