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Clap back

Ocasio-Cortez and Ivanka Trump get heated during debate over the minimum wage

By WITW Staff on February 27, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has clapped back against Ivanka Trump in wake of comments from the first daughter criticizing the freshman congresswoman’s proposal for an increased minimum wage.

Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez outlined her goal of “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and disability leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United State” as part of an ambitious Green New Deal that she said would help the country achieve a carbon-neutral economy and create jobs in the process. But when Trump was asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s plan on Fox News, she was dismissive and suggested that low-earning Americans wouldn’t actually want to see the minimum wage increased.

“I don’t think most Americans in their heart want to be given something,” said Trump. “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get, so I think this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there’s potential for upward mobility.”

But a fired-up Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t willing to let the first daughter’s criticism lie. In a statement on Twitter that didn’t directly mention Ivanka by name, the former waitress took the real-estate heiress to task for claiming to understand what working-class Americans wanted.

“As a person who actually worked for tips & hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it 2nd-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez. “A living wage isn’t a gift. it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.”

In wake of Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, Ivanka also took to Twitter to defend herself — and to move the goalposts of her original statement.

“I support a minimum wage,” she wrote. “I do not however believe in a minimum guarantee for people ‘unwilling to work’ which was the question asked of me.”

Read the full story at PEOPLE magazine.


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