New York, N.Y. – Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on an episode of Seat at the Table with host, Anand Giridharadas on Vice. During the segment, she urged Americans to refuse to go back to work. Continuing on to slam President Donald Trump on his tweets regarding liberation.
While Ocasio-Cortez is urging people not to go back to work, 26 million Americans have now filed for unemployment.
During the episode, Ocasio-Cortez states, “I think a lot of people should just say no we’re not going back to that,” adding, “We’re not going back to working 70 hour weeks, just so that we can put food on the table and not even feel any semblance of security in our lives.”
Her statement comes as several states, such as Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina announced on Monday that they would be easing up on the current stay-at-home orders in effect.
The congresswoman also took a stab at the President’s liberation tweets in which he encouraged citizens to go out and protest for their states reopening. Ocasio-Cortez explained that “Only in America does the President…when the President tweets about liberation does he mean, go back to work”.
It’s easy for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to criticize the President on his persistence in trying to get the country reopened and the economy moving again. Unlike many Americans in this country, the congresswoman hasn’t had to worry about the loss of her job or income during the shutdown.
Many Americans don’t have the luxury that she does.
There are business owners who have had to shut their stores down because their business was deemed as “non-essential” by their state. There are people who work jobs ranging anywhere from construction to bartending, who have been unable to work during the pandemic.
Many of these workers depend on showing up to their jobs and receiving a paycheck. Many of these business owners depend on the income from their businesses.
The Coronavirus pandemic has plunged the U.S. economy into a financial crisis with people such as Nicholas A. Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business saying that not only will this financial crisis be worse than the one in 2008, but it could end up rivaling the Great Depression.
Chris Rupkey, the Managing Director and Chief Financial Economist with MUFG wrote in a note on Thursday, “At this point it would take a miracle to keep this recession from turning into the Great Depression Ⅱ,” continuing to add that, “It is going to take years not months to put these pandemic jobless workers back to work at the shops and malls and factories and restaurants across the country.”
This is not the time for games or to push a political agenda. There are people’s livelihoods at stake.
The statements made by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez show just how out of touch she is with reality.