Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reportedly splurged on an extravagant haircut last month, cashed out hundreds at a fancy salon she frequents in downtown Washington.
“The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington,” a snippet of a report from the Washington Times read.
After reports of Ocasio-Cortez dropping such a large sum for her salon services, some were in shock, and noted that it seemed hypocritical for the congresswoman to be spending excessively on herself while claiming to be against income inequality, the Washington Examiner reported.
The New York Democratic socialist saw backlash from her day at Last Tangle, a high-end hair salon in Washington and this prompted her to hurl insults at Vice President Mike Pence as she accused him for using taxpayer money to stay at President Donald Trump’s report while visiting Ireland.
Trump denied having any involvement in the decision, and in a statement following his remarks, Pence’s office said, “At no time did the President direct our office to stay at his Doonbeg resort and any reporting to the contrary is false.”
Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, compared AOC to the former first lady of Argentina—a woman known for dressing in designer gowns and jewels while advocating a socialist agenda.
“AOC is the Eva Peron of American politics. She preaches socialism while living the life of the privileged,” Manning said.
“There is nothing wrong with spending money to make yourself look better, especially as a personality who depends upon visual mediums for her power,” Manning said. “But it is a bad look to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hair done to make a video decrying income inequality.”
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly makes $174,000 a year representing a district that bestrides the Bronx and Queens and has endorsed legislation to give herself and other Congress members a pay raise. According to the Washington Times, she once argued that the congressional salary was too low and that higher pay would discourage corruption.
AOC lamented on Twitter in June saying that her job “[is] not a fun or politically popular position to take” after Congress members didn’t get a pay raise.
“Members are paid more than—but the job requires 2 residences and we can’t take tax deductions for works costs,” AOC tweeted. “No one wants to be the one to bring up increases, so instead people take advantage of insider trading loopholes & don’t close them for the extra cash.”