New York Democratic Rep. and “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a dress draped in the words “tax the rich” to a Met Gala on Monday evening that reportedly charged $30,000 per person.
“Individual tickets are reportedly priced at $30,000 a piece, a far cry from when [Vogue editor-in-chief Anna] Wintour first took over the running of the event in 1995 when they were just $1,000,” Newsweek reported. “Then there are the tables, typically bought by brands and fashion houses. These reportedly start at $275,000.”
The comments across social media said it all.
“What makes @AOC a bigger fraud: The ‘tax the rich’ dress while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.
“I’m not even mad at the lack of self awareness or hypocrisy anymore. At this point it’s just hilarious. These people are a giant joke,” Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted.
“Cost per Ticket: $30,000. Virtue signaling to your base while partying—without a mask—with the people you claim to hate: Priceless,” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz commented on Twitter.
Even progressive outlets like Rolling Stone blasted AOC’s attempt at a political PR stunt, and in words harsher than conservatives. Minus the expletives, senior writer E.J. Dickson tweeted, “1) The dress is ugly, 2) She’s at a $35k per person event and this isn’t nearly the own she thinks it is. 3) The dress is ugly. I mean I love her but come on this is so dumb.”
But apparently “tax the rich” was the message AOC wanted to send for this event. Perhaps one problem (among many) with this message was that those she wants to tax were the very people in the room with her. It’s unclear how her message would convince even one new person to change his or her mind on the topic.
Maybe changing minds wasn’t the real issue anyway. Perhaps AOC just felt the need for a little attention, as the nation’s spotlight has recently been on significant issues like President Joe Biden’s failed Afghanistan exit, the border crisis, fighting Biden’s new vaccine mandates and dealing with rising inflation and gas prices.
A look at her own social media reveals AOC’s “backstory” to the dress. She said, “And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening.”
She also added her dress was made by a woman she is trying to support.
But guess who wasn’t at the Met Gala? A single conservative Republican leader. Real conservatives know this isn’t how you communicate your message. We need much better than words on a dress. We need leaders who love our nation and put its people first.