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AOC mocked for selling $58 ‘Tax the Rich’ jersey in campaign store

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been widely ridiculed for selling a $58 sweatshirt with the slogan ‘tax the rich’. 

The Democratic socialist, 31, who enjoys a six-figure congressional income, shared a link to the now sold out jersey Wednesday evening, writing: ‘Preorders are open now. As always, made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying living wages.’ 

But the cost of the blue sweater was noted by many online, particularity given AOC has become one of the most well-known voices of the American left. She has called for a billionaires’ tax in New York and Medicare-for-all. 

Author and podcaster Ben Shapiro wrote: ‘Only the rich can afford this idiotic sweatshirt.’

Others noted the pricey piece was the ‘most AOC thing ever’ and said they ‘couldn’t afford’ the clothing. 

Reporter Mary Margaret Olohan tweteed: ‘Hey AOC I can’t afford this sweatshirt [right now], you got a coupon code for the non-rich?’ 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been widely ridiculed for selling a $58 sweatshirt with the slogan ‘tax the rich’

The democratic socialist, 31, who enjoys a six-figure congressional income, shared a link to the now sold out jersey Wednesday evening, writing: 'Preorders are open now. As always, made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying living wages'

The democratic socialist, 31, who enjoys a six-figure congressional income, shared a link to the now sold out jersey Wednesday evening, writing: ‘Preorders are open now. As always, made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying living wages’

Opinion writer Eddie Zipperer said: ‘Selling a $58 sweatshirt to own the capitalists is the most AOC thing ever.’

The shirt had first appeared online for $65 but appears to have since been marked down by seven dollars.  

@MattsIdeaShop tweeted: ‘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’ 

Twitter user Lisa Boothe wrote ‘$58 for a sweatshirt that says “Tax the Rich”‘ followed by a series of laughing face emojis. Another, Danny Malouf, added: ‘I like capitalism when it’s convenient.’ 

User Daniel Tobin tweeted: ‘Nothing says “I fight for the little guy” like charging $65 for a sweatshirt.’ 

Young Americans for Liberty said: ‘A $60 dollar sweatshirt sold by a socialist attacking capitalism really is peak irony.’  

@RyanGirdusky said: ‘AOC has a store where she’s selling shirts… otherwise known as capitalism.’

Podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey said: ‘Capitalism is amazing, isn’t it?’

@BoMollyLove tweeted: ‘Wish I could afford this.’ 

The cost of the blue sweater was noted by many online, particularity given AOC has become one of the most well-known voices of the American left

The cost of the blue sweater was noted by many online, particularity given AOC has become one of the most well-known voices of the American left

Taking note of the criticism AOC hit back: ‘Republicans are freaking out [because] 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. ([and] for GOP who joke that we [should] give [shirts] for free, we actually do – just volunteer)’

Other items for sale on the site include a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Drink water & don’t be racist’, retailing for $27, and a $28 cap with ‘abolish ICE’ on it. 

Proceeds from the merch goes to AOC’s campaign. 

AOC  used her 60-second speaking slot at the Democratic Convention to nominate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president

AOC  used her 60-second speaking slot at the Democratic Convention to nominate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president

Taking note of the criticism AOC hit back: 'Republicans are freaking out [because] we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing'

Taking note of the criticism AOC hit back: ‘Republicans are freaking out [because] we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing’

Other items for sale on the site include a t-shirt with the slogan 'Drink water & don’t be racist', retailing for $27, and a $28 cap with 'abolish ICE' on it. Proceeds from the merch goes to AOC's campaign

Other items for sale on the site include a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Drink water & don’t be racist’, retailing for $27, and a $28 cap with ‘abolish ICE’ on it. Proceeds from the merch goes to AOC’s campaign

Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Wednesday that ‘socialism’ is still too ‘loaded’ of a word for Democrats to embrace, but he defended figures who identify themselves as such like AOC.

‘Socialism is still a loaded term for a lot of folks. Once again, instead of talking labels and ideology, we should focus on talking about getting certain things done,’ Obama told Snapchat’s ‘Good Luck America’ host Peter Hamby in part one of a three-part interview. 

The former president said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should get more of a platform within the Democratic Party because she resonates with younger people ‘even if they don’t agree with everything she says.’

‘The Democratic National Convention I thought was really successful considering the pandemic. But, the fact that an AOC only got, what? Three minutes or five minutes?’ Obama lamented.

‘She speaks to a broad section of young people who are interested in what she has to say, even if they don’t agree with everything she says,’ he added. ‘New blood is always good. And I say that as somebody who used to be the young, shiny cool guy. But now is the gray-haired old grizzled vet.’

AOC has been been leading the charge on progressive initiatives, including on climate and environmental issues and healthcare. 


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