Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is taking a lot of heat for the apparent southern accent she had while speaking to a mostly Black American audience at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event on Friday.
At Friday’s event in New York City, the rising Democratic socialist star said:
“This is what organizing looks like, this is what building power looks like, this is what changing the country looks like. … I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”
Fox News reporter Lawrence Jone III, who AOC recently mocked for wearing a protective vest while reporting from the southern border, was among those to call her out.
As IJR Red noted, Ocasio-Cortez laughed at the border crisis this week when she tweeted in response to Jones: “Does ‘live from the border’ mean Party City? Fox is really out here doing the most on a budget to make the border look more dangerous than it is.”
Jones clapped back at Ocasio-Cortez with her attempted southern accent, writing, “Hey, @AOC, I wore the vest because CBP told me to but, what’s your excuse for talking like this?! #WedontTalkLikeThat.”