Democrat firebrand Alexandria Ocasio Cortez hit back at those who shamed her for wearing $14,000 worth of clothing in her Vanity Fair cover shoot as she confirmed that she didn’t keep any of the suits.
The congresswoman told Republicans to ‘get yourselves together’ and accused them of trying to ‘willfully act stupid’ by calling her a hypocrite.
She also joked that they could look as good as her if they ‘don’t be racist’.
The 31-year-old had been the target of criticism over the expensive outfits she was wearing in the shoot, despite her own condemnation of politicians who are beholden to Wall Street.
She also received backlash for the lengthy interview in which she called Trump a ‘motherf****r’ for paying only $750 in federal income tax in 2018 and labeled him a ‘visionary racist’.
‘Republicans are Very Mad (again) about my appearance. This time they’re mad that I look good in borrowed clothes (again),’ she wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
‘Listen, if Republicans want pointers on looking your best, I’m happy to share. Tip #1: Drink water and don’t be racist.’
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair in an Aliette silk suit worth around $1,000 that is not yet for sale. She was shamed for the pricey outfits in the shoot
The congresswoman hit back on Thursday, telling Republican ‘don’t be racist’
Earlier, she had slammed Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for suggesting she had kept one of the suits.
‘100% worth it, would do again,’ AOC joked as she retweeted Ingraham’s criticism of her cursing out Trump.
‘& I don’t know if you’ve been in a photoshoot Laura, but you don’t keep the clothes,’ she added.
The congresswoman blasted the criticism as ‘classic Republican strategy’
The congresswoman then claimed that the talk of her clothing in the shoot was all ‘classic Republican strategy’.
‘The whole “she wore clothes in a magazine, let’s pretend they’re hers” gimmick is the classic Republican strategy of “let’s willfully act stupid, and if the public doesn’t take our performative stupidity seriously then we’ll claim bias”,’ she wrote.
‘GOP, get yourselves together. It’s sad.’
AOC appears on the cover of Vanity Fair this month alongside an interview in which she compares herself to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, claiming they have both been made the ‘boogeyman’ of their party by Republicans.
AOC’S VANITY FAIR WARDROBE
$2,850 Loewe suit
$1,000 Aliette suit (approx)
$3,000 Carolina Herrera suit
$2,500 Christopher John Rogers suit
$815 Wales Bonner dress
$695 Christian Louboutin slingbacks
$1,450 Diamond, gold and floating pearl Mateo earrings
$2,000 Bulgari earrings (approx)
The congresswoman – who is regularly branded a socialist for her far-left views – is photographed in current season silk suits from Aliette, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, and teeters on Christian Louboutin heels, all of which come with hefty price tags, in an array of poses which include playing with children in her native Bronx.
It was initially reported that she was gifted at least one of the looks – a $2,850 suit from Loewe – but the congresswoman later confirmed she was not.
The total estimated retail cost of her outfits is more than $14,000.
In one portion of the interview, she said ‘dressing the part has been an unexpected struggle, but it’s also a way to connect with constituents’ while wearing an $800 dress and $1,450 earrings.
In her interview, she reveals that her family call her ‘Sandy’, complains that she and other women have been vilified by Republicans, talks about losing her father when she was a sophomore in college and says he’d be the ‘first to call her a Communist’ if he were alive.
She also took a large hit at Trump over the reports of his tax payments.
‘These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money when these motherf*****s are only paying $750 a year in taxes,’ she said.
‘Trump is the racist visionary but [Mitch] McConnell gets the job done. He doesn’t do anything without Trump’s blessing. Trump says, “Jump.” McConnell says, “How high?”
‘Trump never does what McConnell says,’ she fumes.
The 31-year-old in another image from the shoot in $2,850 Loewe suit and Christian Louboutin heels which run for at least $500. She confirmed Thursday she did not keep the suit
AOC also says she has contemplated freezing her eggs. She and partner Riley Roberts have been together for eight years.
She is coy about her political ambitions, saying she’d rather be a ‘mirror than a savior’, but compares herself to Pelosi and Clinton.
‘It’s not an accident that, every cycle, the boogeyman of the Democrats is a woman. A couple of cycles ago, it was Pelosi. Then it was Hillary, and now it’s me,’ she says.
In the interview, she shares photos of her childhood in the Bronx, and denies that she and Pelosi have any problems despite the latter regularly slapping her and the rest of the ‘squad’ – a handful of progressive Democrat congresswomen – down.
AOC says that Pelosi’s dislike of her is a construct of the media.
‘Two powerful women coming from different perspectives, and there has to be a catfight,’ she said.
She did admit that House leaders are ‘a little wary’ of her, saying: ‘I think a lot of people, including my Democratic colleagues, believe the Fox News version of me.’
She also said she has endured periods of receiving death threats ‘every day’.
‘I used to wake up in the morning and literally get a stack of pictures that were forwarded by Capitol police or FBI. Like, “These are the people who want to kill you today.”
‘It’s the epitome of being shaken to your core. Getting a phone call from the FBI saying, “Hey, don’t open your mail. They’re mailing out bombs.”‘
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and boyfriend of eight years Riley Roberts
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a baby with her father Sergio Ocasio-Roman
They became so intense that she questioned if she should run for re-election.
‘There have been many times, especially in the first six months, where I felt like I couldn’t do this, like I didn’t know if I was going to be able to run for reelection.
‘There was a time where the volume of threats had gotten so high that I didn’t even know if I was going to live to my next term,’ she said.
She poked fun at the ‘neo-Nazis’ who threaten her life, saying: ‘All these dudes look the same. I got to a point where I was like, “This isn’t even helpful because it’s all these neo-Nazis….”
‘I shouldn’t say that—there’s great diversity in the neo-Nazis.’
What gave her the boost she needed to continue, she said, were the other members of the squad – lhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The squad: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC calls them a ‘gift from God’
AOC talks about losing her father, Sergio, in 2008 when she was in college. She said she couldn’t ‘overstate’ how close they were and that she felt like she was losing ‘herself’ when he died
AOC with her mother Blanca, brother Gabriel and grandmother in 2015
‘Their sisterhood and their friendship, it’s not some political alliance. It’s a very deep, unconditional human bond,’ she said, calling them a ‘gift from God’.
She and Pressley revealed in the interview that their signal of warfare is to wear a red lip whenever they go to do political battle, and often share lipstick before giving press conferences.
When asked what her political aspirations are, she was coy, saying: ‘I don’t want to be a savior, I want to be a mirror.
The 31-year-old pictured in Queens on Tuesday
‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like.
‘I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.
‘I don’t want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position. I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective.
‘And so, you know, I don’t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that’s always what the question comes down to,’ she said.
Speaking of her father Sergio, who died in 2008 from lung cancer, she said: ‘I don’t think there’s any way to overstate how close I was with my dad.
‘That sense of ambition to try things when the odds seem so unfavorable, that very, very much comes from my father.
‘It felt like…I didn’t just lose my dad, I also lost myself.’
Among those who sing her praises in the interview is her brother Gabriel and failed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.