Last week, newly elected Congresswoman-elect Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez whined last week that she wouldn’t be able to afford to live in the D.C. area for three months until her congressional salary kicked in.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real,” the 29-year-old said.
But it turns out, like with many things Ocasio-Cortez has said, that wasn’t quite true.
From Daily Wire:
As Fox News reports, “Records show she has more than enough to plunk down on an apartment in the U.S. capital.” Fox News adds that Ocasio-Cortez “reported having between $15,001 and $50,000 in her checking account as of the end of April 2018, according to a Financial Disclosure Report she submitted to the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. The financial disclosure also reveals that she has an investment account valued between $1,001 and $15,000.”
Real estate website Zillow states that the median rent in Washington, D.C. is $2,700; Ocasio-Cortez will bring home $174,000 a year for serving in Congress.
That minimum of $15,000 that Ocasio-Cortez had in the bank is 15 times the amount 57% of average Americans had in their savings, as USA Today reported in May 2018. USA Today stated, “The average American has less than $4,000 in savings, while 57% of U.S. adults have less than $1,000 to their names.”
So unless Ocasio-Cortez the socialist is looking for a really expensive place in D.C. or likes to live it up and has expenditures, it’s not clear how the minimum in her account – $15,000 – wouldn’t sufficiently cover her for three months.
One wonders if she can’t figure out a place to live for that amount of money for three months how she anticipates dealing with figuring out the finances in Congress?
People created at least two GoFundMe accounts for her but they have since been pulled.
Perhaps the fact that she is going to be paid over 174,000 in salary is not much of a donation incentive.
Ocasio Cortez has had problems with the facts in the past.
She started off badly with even her biography appearing to pitch a falsehood. Her original biography for her campaign left the false impression that she had grown up in the Bronx with working-class parents. But in fact, her father was an architect who had his own firm and who moved the family to Westchester when she was a young child. She later amended her bio.
She since has come out with multiple incredible/false statements. Even the liberal Politifact gave her their rare “Pants on Fire” rating for her claim that unemployment is low because “everyone has two jobs” and “people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”