Socialist New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez isn’t letting a crisis go to waste. The notoriously inaccurate leftist is taking to Twitter to demand the federal government hand out “coronavirus reparations” to Americans based on skin color.
“COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities. “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted Friday.
“Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations,” she wrote.
“Redlining” refers to an alleged practice banks used to supposedly deny home loans to minorities, which has nothing to do with viral lung infections. The COVID-19 pandemic has also paid no attention to wealth, first striking wealthier Americans more likely to engage in international travel including many celebrities and political figures.
Ocasio Cortez’s rant about New York city’s poor housing came after holding a “virtual town hall” from her Washington. D.C. luxury apartment while other members of Congress returned to their districts.
“While Queens and The Bronx have lines down the block at hospitals and grocery stores, AOC is holed up at a brand new luxury apartment where she shops at Whole Foods in her lobby,” said Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, one of her Democrat primary opponents.
“That’s shameful. No wonder voters think that she is out of touch. She has a golf-simulator and infinity pool and Peloton Cycle room as well as other luxuries while families in the Bronx and Queens are worried about how long the lines are at the grocery store and where they are going to get their next paycheck. AOC isn’t even here to see their desperation and their struggle to survive with her own eyes,” said Caruso-Cabrera.
Ocasio Cortez was elected less than two years ago after criticizing the then-incumbent for living in Washington, D.C. instead of returning to New York when Congress wasn’t in session.