Ocasio-Cortez claps back after Trump Jr. mocks her on social media

Henrietta Brewer
December 7, 2018

In a follow-up tweet, the newly-elected Democratic Socialist from NY argued that it was unfair for Congress to "rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff".

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman elected to Congress in last month's midterms, tweeted about her experience of meeting service staff in a D.C. restaurant who were simultaneously working in government.

The eldest son of President Trump posted the meme Thursday night for his 1.5 million Instagram followers - and Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday in response that he was just trying to distract attention from special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'

The cause of Venezuela's collapse is more nuanced than just "because socialism", but one key point Junior seems to miss here is what agenda, exactly, Ocasio-Cortez and her peers are backing. "How can you legislate a better life for working people if you've never been a working person?" And even though Democrats are more vocal about a higher federal minimum wage, they fall behind their Republican colleagues in paying their own interns any amount at all.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has promised to pay her Congressional interns at least $15 an hour.

House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.


The nonprofit group Pay Our Interns released a in 2017 that found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans paid their interns compared to 31 percent of Senate Democrats.

From 2019, both the Senate and the House will have funds to pay interns. And her message may have made an immediate impact, because later on Monday Schumer's office announced the job posting had been made "in error" and his interns will be paid a stipend in the new congress.

Congress has taken steps to address the problem.


Another recent budgetary concern of Ocasio-Cortez drew sharp criticism.

The Post gave the claim "four Pinocchios", a rating it reserves for "whoppers".


Other reports by iNewsToday

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER