Ocasio-Cortez gloats over Amazon HQ delay, sparks online backlash

March 5, 2023

Following an ill-advised attempt at a victory lap over scuttling the injection of tens of thousands of jobs into her district, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has elicited a strong backlash on social media, including calls for her immediate resignation, as Fox News reports.

After news broke last week that Amazon was hitting the pause button on construction of its second headquarters in Northern Virginia amid a recent round of layoffs, the far-left firebrand took the opportunity to congratulate herself on helping thwart the company's investment in Long Island City back in 2019.

Thwarting Amazon

Back when Amazon was exploring possible locations for its second headquarters, AOC was outspoken in her determination to stop the company from choosing the district she represents, decrying the tax incentives likely to be offered in exchange for the influx of jobs and investment into the local area, as The Hill reported at the time.

Ultimately, Amazon nixed further consideration of Queens for the site of its headquarters facility, saying, “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

That decision prompted AOC to issue a celebratory tweet that read, “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation; and the power of the richest man in the world.”

Despite the congresswoman's self-righteous certainty, however, her role in dissuading Amazon's ambitions drew scorn from all corners, including from then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who blasted the “small group of politicians [who] put their own narrow political interests above their community...”

Claiming vindication

Now that Amazon has put further construction on hold in the Virginia location that was chosen for its headquarters, AOC has once again taken to social media to declare vindication and slam those who dared question her wisdom a few short years ago, as the Washington Examiner notes.

“When I opposed this Amazon project coming to New York bc it was a scam of public funds, the whole power establishment came after us. Billboards went up in Times Sq denouncing me. Powerful pols promised revenge. Op-Eds & CEOs insulted my intelligence. In the end, we were right,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

The progressive “Squad” member went on, “I know I'll never get an apology for that time, but it was worth it.”

“We protected NYers from a scam deal to drain public dollars from schools & infrastructure in exchange for empty promises of 'Amazon jobs' w/0 guarantees or guardrails. Sadly, cities who took it are suffering,” the liberal Democrat concluded.

Not so fast...

As Fox News noted, it did not take long, however, for AOC's immodest, uninformed gloating to be smacked down by the Twitterverse, with user Taylor Morgan writing, “Wait. You prevented jobs from coming to NY. Then when the government causes a recession because of uncontrolled printing and spending and companies do layoffs, you take an 'I told you so' victory lap? This type of grift is exactly what's wrong with Washington.”

The Job Creators Network Twitter account also took issue with AOC's premise, stating, “Virginia still gained thousands of good jobs that your district lost out on. Not exactly time for a victory lap. (And is Arlington 'suffering'? Take a quick trip across the river and visit their good schools and clean parks to see.)”

Casting doubt on the basis of the congresswoman's tone-deaf brags, Frank Fleming of the Daily Wire wrote, “Is she claiming she foresaw they would have huge layoffs? That was her argument back then? People make fun of AOC for being dumb, but she's more dishonest than she is dumb.”

Commentator Jacob Airey was succinct in his assessment of AOC's complaint about the lack of contrition shown by her past critics, saying simply, “You don't deserve an apology, you should resign in disgrace,” giving voice to a sentiment likely shared by the thousands of New Yorkers who would have been happy to accept one of the good-paying Amazon jobs that their elected representative is proud to have helped scare away.

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