Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried to defend her appearance at the ritzy Met Gala fashion charity event last night by saying her “Tax the Rich” dress was created by a “Black woman immigrant designer” and that “the medium is the message”:

Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream @brothervellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the @cfda against all odds – and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met.
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The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.
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And yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out – NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed via @brothervellies 🤗

She also says she borrowed the dress and didn’t pay for it which somehow makes it better:

And via NBC Los Angeles:

“It’s really about having a real conversation about fairness and equity in our system, and I think this conversation is particularly relevant as we debate the budget and reconciliation bill,” she said.

But, first up, the “immigrant” designer she’s talking about came to America from Canada:

And she says we shouldn’t pick on her because other elected officials were in attendance:

She’s right! Here’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family attending the ball:

But de Blasio’s attendance comes at a time where he’s under fire over the deplorable condition at Rikers Island where an inmate allegedly tried to hang himself in front of a group of officials touring the facility:

These optics could be worse than AOC’s:

And people are pointing out de Blasio has made more trips to the Met Gala during this term in office than he has to the notorious prison complex:

Maybe once he’s done with the celebrity party someone can ask the mayor about this?

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Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo.