The socialist representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, may not be so socialist, after all. But, don’t tell her that. She got into a twitter argument with former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who called her out for her recent investment in a hat and t-shirt business.
According to a new federal campaign disclosure report, the firebrand progressive invested $1.4 million in political merchandise for her online store in the first half of 2021.
With her initials printed on T-shirts and hats that say “Tax the Rich” or, “Fight For Our Future”, AOC is hoping to make a pretty return on her investment. (Story continues below.)
Some might call that capitalism.
The representative herself however, does not. She fired back at Spicer saying, “I’m not sure if you know this, Sean, but capitalism is a system that prioritizes profit at any and all human/enviro cost.” Profits from her T-shirts and hats, she claims, are going to help people.
Of course, in reality, capitalism is defined as a system in which private owners run a business instead of the state.
In this case, it is AOC’s campaign (private) that is seeking profits in order to obtain money to help her win additional political campaigns. Thus, even if she donated 100% of all profits to the people, her business would still be classified as a capitalist venture since its being run by a private enterprise — not the government.