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

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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—steered that it was courageous of AOC to go an occasion crammed with wealthy individuals carrying such a costume. Haberman claimed AOC’s message was not “common” 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 celeb in attendance! And after all she was hobnobbing! What higher place to fish for big-time marketing campaign donations than in a room crammed with wealthy Manhattan elitists!? What number of in attendance already had been, or quickly might be, on her donor listing?

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

If AOC was given a free ticket value $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.

Here is the transcript.

CNN
New Day
9/14/21
6:09 am EDT

BRIANNA KEILAR: Let’s discuss 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 if you happen to assume 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 a number of this final night time, this can be a present to Republicans within the midterms. The midterms aren’t 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 preferred message in that crowd. And so there’s something dangerous about doing it. I feel that she may proceed to evangelise to individuals who already agree together with her, or she may preach to individuals who do not, and he or she selected to do the latter. 

JOHN HARWOOD: I might say it is the alternative of hobnobbing with the rich. And it reveals 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 massive, 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

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JOHN BERMAN: Look, I feel if you wish to argue whether or not or not taxing the wealthy is an efficient coverage, that is tremendous. 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 would not notice that the Met Gala has wealthy people who find themselves hobnobbing behind closed doorways. 

KEILAR: [facetiously] You assume 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 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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