Oh, the hypocrisy.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is demanding the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after he was accused of accepting luxury gifts from a top Republican donor.
“This is beyond party or partisanship,” AOC said on Twitter. “This degree of corruption is shocking — almost cartoonish. Thomas must be impeached.”
Ocasio-Cortez took the opportunity to impugn the entire Supreme Court, headed up by Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Barring some dramatic change, this is what the Roberts court will be known for: rank corruption, erosion of democracy, and the stripping of human rights,” the Democrat said.
An investigation by ProPublica alleges that Thomas took luxury trips and traveled on yachts and private jets owned by Dallas businessman Harlan Crow. The publication said Thomas never disclosed the travel.
But AOC is herself being probed for allegedly accepting lavish gifts. Documents released last month by the Congressional Ethics Committee show she begged for free tickets — worth $70,000 — to the Met Gala, the world’s number one social and fashion event.
She then stiffed the makers of her dress and the hotel where she stayed for months, plus sought to cover up the whole mess, according to House investigators probing her for ethics violations.
The 33-year-old former bartender decided she wanted to rub elbows with the rich and beautiful people in Manhattan at the 2021 annual Met Gala. So the media darling traded off her position to get an invite — helped along “after much prodding by her campaign staffer,” The New York Post reported.
She cozied up to the super-famous Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who runs the Gala, and got an invitation for her and her boyfriend that said they’d be “guests of Vogue.”
The documents from the Congressional Ethics Committee — which last month extended the probe — also showed her lawyers had cautioned her against attending the Gala, noting that she couldn’t accept a gift that large. The rule is clear: Lawmakers are prohibited from accepting gifts from companies that use lobbyists, which Vogue’s parent company, Advance Media Publications, does.
In a message to her staff, an attorney for AOC advised her how she could attend legally. “The Congresswoman could accept an invitation from [the Met], but not from Vogue,” he wrote, according to The Daily Mail. “Since Advance Publications is a registered lobbyist, we’ll need to be extra careful!”
But she went anyway. Then the alleged coverup began.
“The day after the gala however, Vogue staffers reached out to AOC’s office to inform them they had received a number of media inquiries about the nature of the congresswoman’s attendance, and to say they were telling outlets she had been Wintour’s personal guest instead of saying she was a guest of the magazine,” the Mail wrote.
The documents also show that AOC was billed $1,300 for her dress, but her staff was able to cut $1,000 cut off the price tag, along with getting the price of her $635 shoes knocked down by listing them as rentals, too, the Mail reported.
The socialist then failed to pay back thousands of dollars in bills from the Gala night, including $344.85 in makeup costs that had to be passed on to a collections agency as “extremely overdue.”
She also took so long to pay back $477.73 for hair styling that a rep for the stylist “reached out to her staff and said ‘it would look terrible if we had to file a complaint with the NY Dept of Labor against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,'” the Mail reported. It took her nearly a year to pay that bill, Business Insider reported.
And it took eight months for her to pay more than $1,000 for transportation that was footed by Conde Nast, and she took nearly a year to pay $4,602.92 in bills at the Carlisle Hotel from the evening, according to the Post.
“In addition, a publicist associated with the company that supplied Ocasio-Cortez with her rental items — a gown, a handbag and shoes — provided a final invoice to the campaign staffer in September 2021 for about $990, but it went unpaid for months. The company then identified in April that $5,579.99 worth of unpaid goods and services had been provided to Ocasio-Cortez and her partner for the event, the report said,” NBC News reported.
By the way, it’s worth noting that AOC only paid her bills after House investigators began their probe.
Maybe the congresswoman should wait to find out if the allegations against Thomas are proven true. What’s that saying again about people in glass houses?
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.