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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—recommended that it was courageous of AOC to go an occasion stuffed with wealthy individuals carrying such a costume. Haberman claimed AOC’s message was not “widespread” with that crowd, and due to this fact 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 doubtless amused, and/or thrilled to have such a liberal movie star in attendance! And after all she was hobnobbing! What higher place to fish for big-time marketing campaign donations than in a room stuffed with wealthy Manhattan elitists!? What number of in attendance already had been, or quickly shall be, on her donor checklist?

Notice: per Wikipedia, Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and a chairwoman of the Gala occasion, oversees each the profit committee and the visitor checklist, with Vogue staffers serving to assemble the checklist of invitees. In line with AOC: “NYC elected officers are often invited to and attend the Met as a result of our duties in overseeing our metropolis’s cultural establishments that serve the general public. I used to be certainly one of 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 partly by Pfizer, maker of  Preparation H, ADT, Tractor Supply, and Lexus.

This is the transcript.

New Day
6:09 am EDT

BRIANNA KEILAR: Let’s speak about Berman’s favourite, which is the nexus of trend and politics. As a result of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the Met Gala final night time, 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 after all, Maggie, is among the costliest and elitist occasions of the yr, and I’m wondering should you suppose she thread the needle right here along 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 a variety of this final night time, this can be a reward to Republicans within the midterms. The midterms usually are not going to be selected AOC’s costume, to begin with. 

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 will not be a well-liked 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 along 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 in a position to articulate that perception system. We’re now on this debate over the Biden financial agenda and Joe Manchin’s out saying too large, 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 effective coverage, that is nice. Have that argument. However to be outraged that she wore that costume to the Met Gala, and say it is one way or the other hypocritical, requires you to consider that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not understand 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 may know that. 

KEILAR: Everyone knows that.

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

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