However, Ocasio-Cortez apparently has no problem driving the luxury vehicles that Musk sells. According to The U.S. Sun, the self-described socialist was caught on camera illegally parking her Tesla last year.
Tesla bought during COVID
The outlet published a series of photographs which were taken outside of a Washington, DC Whole Foods in May 2021.
They show a white Tesla with New York license plates, and a congressional parking pass, illegally parked near Ocasio-Cortez’s apartment.
The Sun noted that the two-term congresswoman boasted of purchasing a Tesla this past October, telling Vanity Fair that she “just got a car.”
It added that Ocasio-Cortez justified her purchase of the high-end ride several months earlier on Instagram by citing the COVID pandemic.
“I usually travel by train, but due to COVID I now drive by car, I travel by car,” she was quoted as telling her followers during a live stream. “Not a combustion engine vehicle, but I travel by car between New York and D.C.”
Ocasio-Cortez has long been known as a critic of wealth and privilege, which led some Twitter users to accuse her of hypocrisy.
“Why is @AOC even shopping at @Wholefoods when it’s owned by @JeffBezos?” the Sun quoted one person as asking. “She made such a stink about Amazon in NYC, was that for the publicity?”
“I am so tired of these hypocrites. If you’re gonna talk the talk, you better walk the walk. spare me with your whole foods & Tesla.”
However, the Sun also pointed out that left-wing commentator and former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann came to the lawmaker’s defense in a profanity-laced rant, tweeting, “So @aoc has a Tesla? Cool.”
“You better get one too, a–hole, or that kid in your avatar picture who you don’t actually give a s–t about will be living in a world where it’s 120 in SC in the summer thanks to your stupidity and wastefulness of natural resources.”