New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to making herself look ridiculous and she did it again this week.
As has been reported, the 29-year-old representative was part of the group of elected officials in New York who pushed the multi-billion dollar company Amazon to decide not to come to New York with one of their headquarters.
Now Amazon has decided to come back to the city and open a new headquarters, but there is a major caveat.
The company was originally going to bring 25,000 jobs to New York City that would have benefited its citizens and provided tax dollars to the city by way of their employment.
But this time they are coming with 1,500 jobs, a net loss of 23,500 jobs, but that did not stop The Squad member from celebrating.
“Me waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right on Amazon and saved the public billions,” she said on Twitter.
“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways.
“Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families,” she said.
Notice how she did not mention the fact that she cost the city 23,500 jobs? She did not want to talk about that but many people who responded did point to that fact.
The mega retailer leased a 335,000 square foot space on the Upper West Side to house its new 1,500 employees, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook is also in talks to lease a 700,000 square foot space in the city which would bring more jobs, but, again, Ocasio-Cortez had nothing to do with it.
But that did not stop her from bragging about what she has “accomplished.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were smarting from the loss of Amazon and have still not forgiven her for it.
It was a giant blow to New York’s burgeoning tech market, and many feared it would prevent other tech giants from coming to the neighborhood.
But with Amazon and Facebook coming to town, even with less jobs than Amazon originally promised, it shows that perhaps she did not do irreparable damage.
“It’s clear the main reason Amazon wanted to be here was the availability of a skilled tech workforce plus the synergy with related industries,” economist James Parrott said. “And New York City still retains that attraction.”
It does, for now. But when Democrats talk about taxing the rich and punishing corporations for their success it is not an attractive offer to entice job creators to come to the city.
That is what people like Rep. Ocasio-Cortes do not understand because they have no real world experience.
Rather than bragging about bringing 1,500 jobs to the city, something she had no part in doing, she should be apologizing for costing hard working New Yorkers tens of thousands of high paying jobs.
It is not something she will do, as Democrats, and especially Ocasio-Cortez, are not known for their humility.
But it would have been better for her to be silent than to brag about something she had no part in only for people to remind her of the damage she had done.