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Ocasio-Cortez Responds To Critics Of Costly Outfit

Last week, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got some blowback for an outfit unbecoming of a die-hard democratic socialist, but the congressional candidate has fired back at her critics and vowed to keep “slaying lewks.”

The outfit in question is a chic ensemble “the future” of the Democratic Party wore for a photo shoot for Interview magazine last week that boasted a total price tag of $3,505: a Gabriela Hearst “Angela” double-breasted wool-blend blazer ($1,990), Gabriela Hearst “Isabel” wool-blend slim-leg pants ($890), and Manolo Blahnik shoes ($625).

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One of the people on the right who slammed Ocasio-Cortez for the outfit was Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk:

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Kirk by suggesting he is a member of the “alt-right” and then pointing out that in photo shoots, “You don’t get to keep the clothes, duh.” She also threw in a zinger about her thrift-shopping skills inevitably leading to her “slaying lewks.”

Ocasio-Cortez recently made headlines over yet another failed attempt to explain how she plans to pay for a much more significant price tag: the $40 trillion it will cost to implement her agenda.

“Your platform has called for various new programs including Medicare for all, housing as a federal right, federal jobs guaranteed, tuition free public college, canceling all student loan debt,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez in an interview Sunday (transcript via Grabien). “According to nonpartisan and left-leaning studies friendly to your cause, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities or the Tax Policy Center, the overall price tag is more than $40 trillion in the next decade. You recently said in an interview increasing taxes on the very wealthy, plus an increased corporate tax rate would make $2 trillion over the next ten years. Where is the other $38 trillion going to come from?”

“One of the things we need to realize when we look at something like Medicare for all, Medicare for all would save the American people a very large amount of money,” she said. “What we see as well is that these systems are not just pie in the sky. Many of them are accomplished by every modern civilized democracy in the western world.”

“Right. I get that,” Tapper responded after letting Ocasio-Cortez finish her full talking point. “But the price tag for everything that you laid out in your campaign is $40 trillion over the next 10 years. I understand that Medicare for all would cost more to some wealthier people and to the government and to taxpayers, while also reducing individual health care expenditures. But I am talking about the overall package. You say it’s not pie in the sky but $40 trillion is quite a bit of money. And the taxes that you talked about raising to pay for this, to pay for your agenda, only count for two [trillion dollars]. We’re going by left-leaning analysts.”

“Right. When you look again at how our health care works, currently we pay — much of these costs go into the private sector,” she replied. She went on to note how costly health insurance is and underscored the crippling student debt problem among her generation, which she said results in a bunch of “economic activity that we do not engage in.”

“I am assuming I won’t get an answer for the other $38 trillion,” said Tapper. “We’ll have you back and go over that.”