If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t already exist, we’d have to invent her.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign spends at least $4,000 on Uber rides after she announced solidarity with taxis over the ride-sharing service. https://t.co/YycMk8IDpq
— reason (@reason) August 28, 2018
Here’s what she tweeted this past March (via Reason):
NYC's fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum.
– to call Uber drivers what they are: EMPLOYEES, not contractors
– Fed jobs guarantee
– Prep for automation https://t.co/FjfapJV2ni
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) March 21, 2018
More from Reason:
Despite the Twitter comment, campaign spending reports from the Federal Election Commission indicate that her words only go so far. Fox News found that the Ocasio-Cortez campaign not only spent thousands on Uber rides, but also on a local ride-sharing service called Juno, between the months of April and June. The campaign spent nearly $4,000 on 160 Uber rides and $2,500 on over 90 Juno rides. Spending reports from July and August are not yet available.
Ocasio-Cortez is certainly not the first politician to criticize “unregulated” ride-sharing companies in public while benefiting from their cheaper services. While running in the most recent Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) criticized Uber for being an “”unregulated” company with “serious problems.” He was also one of the handful of presidential candidates whose campaign reported using Uber instead of taxis close to 100 percent of the time. Eventual Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were the only two presidential candidates whose campaigns could boast spending more on taxis than on Uber.
Talking out of both sides of your mouth comes to mind.
— Tom Mays (@tommays22) August 28, 2018
Do as I say, not as I do.
— Babalú Henry Lou (@HenryLGomez) August 28, 2018
Yet another example of the politician's favorite line:
"Do as I say, not as I do."
— Jack (@JackFromVA) August 28, 2018
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
— Nicholas Kalikow (@NicholasK_LA) August 28, 2018
Ain’t that just the way it goes?
— Will (@Oil_Guns_Merica) August 28, 2018
At the very least, she’ll be in good company once she’s elected.
She's gonna fit right in.
— Scott Terzian (@scott_terzian) August 28, 2018