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CNN Hacks Defend AOC’s ‘Tax the Wealthy’ Costume: It is Not Hobnobbing—Courageous!

CNN’s New Day panel on Tuesday morning unanimously defended Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for carrying a “Tax the Wealthy” costume to the $30,000-a-ticket Met Gala. 

Maggie Haberman—a New York Instances correspondent who doubles as a CNN analyst—urged that it was courageous of AOC to go an occasion full of wealthy individuals carrying such a costume. Haberman claimed AOC’s message was not “widespread” with that crowd, and subsequently that there was one thing “dangerous” in her carrying the costume.

CNN correspondent John Harwood claimed it was the “reverse of hobnobbing” and confirmed AOC’s “expertise.”

To which we politely reply: baloney! The notion {that a} crowd of NYC elites was offended by the costume, and that it was courageous of AOC to put on it, is absurd. Most in attendance had been seemingly amused, and/or thrilled to have such a liberal movie star in attendance! And in fact she was hobnobbing! What higher place to fish for big-time marketing campaign donations than in a room full of wealthy Manhattan elitists!? What number of in attendance already had been, or quickly can be, on her donor record?

Word: per Wikipedia, Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and a chairwoman of the Gala occasion, oversees each the profit committee and the visitor record, with Vogue staffers serving to assemble the record of invitees. In keeping with AOC: “NYC elected officers are frequently invited to and attend the Met as a consequence of our tasks in overseeing our metropolis’s cultural establishments that serve the general public. I used to be one among a number of in attendance.”

If AOC was given a free ticket price $30,000, why would not that represent a present or a donation by the Gala? 

Brianna Keilar John Berman Maggie Haberman John Harwood Aurora James Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez CNN New Day 9-14-21

CNN defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez carrying a Tax the Wealthy costume to a $30,000-a-ticket Met Gala was sponsored partially by Pfizer, maker of  Preparation H, ADT, Tractor Supply, and Lexus.

Here is the transcript.

New Day
6:09 am EDT

BRIANNA KEILAR: Let’s speak about Berman’s favourite, which is the nexus of style and politics. As a result of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the Met Gala final evening, and this can be the costume that’s the most remembered from it. 

On the again of this costume it says Tax The Wealthy. However that is additionally — there she is standing subsequent to the designer who is among the few black designers who was featured at this occasion. This in fact, Maggie, is among the costliest and elitist occasions of the 12 months, and I ponder for those who suppose she thread the needle right here together with her message and her presence there or not? 

MAGGIE HABERMAN: I feel she did. Look, I feel there’s going to be an effort by Republicans to say, look, I noticed loads of this final evening, this can be a reward to Republicans within the midterms. The midterms should not going to be selected AOC’s costume, initially. 

However second of all, I feel it’s unsurprising to see criticism that there she is hobnobbing with the rich. The message of that costume is just not a preferred message in that crowd. And so there’s something dangerous about doing it. I feel that she might proceed to evangelise to individuals who already agree together with her, or she might preach to individuals who do not, and she or he selected to do the latter. 

JOHN HARWOOD: I might say it is the other of hobnobbing with the rich. And it exhibits the expertise that AOC has. She has a powerful perception system. She’s capable of articulate that perception system. We’re now on this debate over the Biden financial agenda and Joe Manchin’s out saying too huge, too quick, too many taxes. And the way do progressives counter that? And with AOC, you see she makes use of her star energy to enter that venue, high-profile venue, and drive a really robust message that’s now on the entrance web page of newspapers, and we’re speaking about it on tv

. . . 

JOHN BERMAN: Look, I feel if you wish to argue whether or not or not taxing the wealthy is an efficient coverage, that is advantageous. Have that argument. However to be outraged that she wore that costume to the Met Gala, and say it is someway hypocritical, requires you to consider that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would not notice that the Met Gala has wealthy people who find themselves hobnobbing behind closed doorways. 

KEILAR: [facetiously] You suppose she is aware of that?

BERMAN: I feel she would possibly know that. 

KEILAR: Everyone knows that.

HARWOOD: People who find themselves outraged about it, that is how you recognize that they had been caught by the message. That it hit them. As a result of she drove one thing that they did not need to be on the entrance web page. 

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