Since her rollout of the “Green New Deal” earlier this month — which included a much-ridiculed, since-deleted FAQ that “guarantee[d] a job with family-sustaining wages” and “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work” — Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found herself continually defending the radical deal amid criticism from both the Left and Right about its massively expensive, pie-in-the-sky proposals.
On Tuesday, Fox News released a clip of an interview with First Daughter Ivanka Trump pushing back on the socialist premise of the GND’s “guaranteed jobs” promise. The democratic socialist congresswoman has since responded by expressing incredulity about Ivanka’s criticism.
In an interview that will air in full Sunday, Fox News host Steve Hilton asked Ivanka about the Green New Deal’s “guaranteed jobs” promise. “You’ve got people who will see that offer from the Democrats, from the progressive Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Here’s the Green New Deal, here’s the guarantee of a job,’ and think, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want, it’s that simple.’ What do you say to those people?” Hilton asked.
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” said Ivanka. “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 that 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’s there’s the potential for upward mobility.”
Predictably, Ivanka was met with backlash from the Left for being a daughter of a wealthy man who hasn’t had the same struggle as most middle class Americans. Ocasio-Cortez took a similar angle, stressing her own working class background as a bartender. As for Ivanka’s line about a “guaranteed minimum,” AOC initially used that to defend the idea of a “living wage” by declaring it to be a “right.”
“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,” she wrote. “A living wage isn’t a gift, it’s a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.”
“In fact, wages are so low today compared to actual worker productivity that they are no longer the reflections of worker value as they used to be. Productivity has grown 6.2x more than pay,” she added in a follow-up tweet, linking to a report by a left-wing think tank.
“Imagine attacking a Jobs Guarantee by saying ‘people prefer to earn money.’ ????” she wrote (h/t Twitchy).
In the interview with Hilton, Ivanka also addressed the idea that the 2020 election is shaping up to be a battle between her father’s pro-capitalism policies and the increasingly socialist proposals of the Democrats.
“I think fundamentally if you ask yourself the question, ‘Are we better today than we were yesterday or we were 2 years ago?’ the answer is, undoubtedly, yes,” she said. “So, as an American, families sitting down and thinking about their financial situation relative to a month ago or a year ago, America is doing very well and it stands in quite sharp contrast to the rest of the world. So, not only are we doing well, much of the world has slowed down in terms of the pace of their growth.”