Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is using capitalism tactics in order to sell her progressive socialist agenda items, launching on her campaign website a new set of pre-order merchandise that includes a sweatshirt with the slogan “Tax the Rich” for a hefty price tag of $58.
Ocasio-Cortez announced her new merchandise emblazoned with “Tax the Rich” in all caps Wednesday night, along with three other pricey apparels including “The New Green Deal,” “Student Debt” with a line across it, and “Drink Water & Don’t Be Racist” shirts. The sweatshirt was originally listed at the retail price of $65 but it was discounted $7 off and now marked and going for $58 online.
In a follow-up tweet, the New York progressive lawmaker explained that all her merchandise was produced “with dignified” to justify the sweatshirt’s high-cost price.
“As always, made in the U.S. with dignified, union jobs paying living wages,” she wrote in a tweet reply to the listed merchandise.
After being mocked for the $58 sweatshirt, AOC fired back at Republicans “freaking out” out her fashion line, claiming the items are being “made in the U.S.,” while taking a dig at President Trump “Make America Great Again” products. However, on the president’s official merchandise store, a Trump-Pence shirt branded with the campaign logo “Keep America Great 2020” is “Proudly Made in USA.”
“Republicans are freaking out [because] we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing. But what’s the difference between Trump’s merch and ours? Ours is made in the US. ([and] for GOP who joke that we [should] give [shirts] for free, we actually do – just volunteer),” she tweeted on Thursday.
Republicans are freaking out bc we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 3, 2020
But what’s the difference between Trump’s merch and ours?
Ours is made in the US. 🇺🇸
(& for GOP who joke that we shld give 👕 for free, we actually do – just volunteer 😉) https://t.co/35DnbFYQyC
“And by the way: Tax the Rich.” Ocasio-Cortez added in a follow-up tweet.
According to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign website, her shop is “100% of our products are proudly made in the USA and union printed.”
The proceeds of the merchandise will not go to a charity, but towards Ocasio-Cortez’s political machine, as there is a disclaimer on the website with the warning “Purchases are campaign contributions.” Selling merchandise online has become one way politicians raise campaign funds as of recent years.
Since elected to Congress in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a tax increase for multimillionaires to pay for the Green New Deal, the progressive Democrats’ environmental plan, which is considered to cost nearly $93 trillion. The slogan “Tax the rich” comes from progressive Democrats’ proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for social programs.
Over the summer, Ocasio-Cortez pushed New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to tax billionaires living in New York state in order to use the funds collected to aid people hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The “wealth tax” idea came from a coordinated movement, known as the Fund Excluded Workers that were pushing Cuomo to pass legislation that would tax the 118 New York billionaires, who are worth an estimated $566.4 billion.
“We need you to pass a billionaire’s tax, in order to make sure that we’re providing for our working families,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by the group in July. “It’s time to stop protecting billionaires, and it’s time to start working for working families.”