Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) generated a wave of criticism for a “victorious” tweet in which she points out that Amazon will still set up its new facilities in New York, without considering that she lost at least 23,500 jobs in her district.
Initially the company planned to settle in Queens, the district of Ocasio-Cortez, with a quota between 25,000 and 40,000 employees, but because of AOC’s opposition the company reduced it to only 6 percent, and she was criticized by users of the social network, according to the New York Post.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez.
“Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families,” she said.
An Internet user replied, “You went from 25,000 Amazon jobs in your district to just 1,500 being offered OUTSIDE your district,” @Caleb Hull wrote.
“You’re an idiot if you think this is a success for your constituents,” he concluded in the same tweet.
Another Twitter user said, “I bet a lot of shopkeepers and store owners in LIC [Long Island City, Queens] would have loved those customers in the neighborhood instead of in Manhattan. Plus, what they’re taking in Manhattan is much smaller in scope than HQ2.”
Amazon only signed a lease in the Hudson Yards neighborhood, rather than the large headquarters it planned to build in Queens.
Mayor de Blasio, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the agreement with Amazon and expressed their displeasure with progressives for impeding the plans of the giant multinational in their territory.
“1,500 jobs in Manhattan vs. 25-40,000 jobs in Queens,” he wrote. “It’s not exactly the same,” wrote Cuomo’s senior aide, Melissa DeRosa.
Ocasio-Cortez has been involved in several polemics.
Recently she falsely attributed to herself the arrival of an anti-HIV medicine in the United States, pretending to have confronted the big pharmaceutical companies.
However, the agreement had already been announced more than six months before her tweet, and had been proposed since 2014.
Moreover, the Trump administration through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) arranged to provide the same drug, PrEP, free of charge to 200,000 Americans for 10 years, according to Daily Mail.