Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, last seen marveling over the “terrifying” garbage disposal she discovered in her new D.C. kitchen, told her New York City constituents this week that her luxury apartment in Washington really wasn’t that big of a deal. In fact, she said, it wasn’t really “luxury” at all, and was not all that different from public housing in the Bronx.
At a town hall, Ocasio-Cortez insisted that there was some grand American conspiracy to get people to view certain amenities as “luxury” when they should really just be provided for everyone.
“What we have been taught is a luxury,” she said, “should not be a luxury.”
“Another world is possible,” she continued. “We can live in buildings that are not-for-profit, or tenant-owned, there are so many ways we can slice this and we can structure it in a way where all people have the right to a dignified home. What we have been taught and what we have been conditioned is that basic rights are a luxury and a privilege when they are not.”
Have you ever heard someone sound so defensive? Actually, we have. It was a few months ago, when Bernie Sanders – AOC’s hero – was sniping to voters about the amount of money he made from his bestselling book. It’s hard out here for a rich socialist, let us tell you.
“I move into this building, and it’s marketed as a ‘luxury’ building in D.C.,” she said. “It’s an efficient building, it’s clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden—y’all watching my Instagram—it has clean air, it has clean water. And I think about this and I’m like, ‘Hm, this is what a luxury building is like.'”
She went on to say her building in D.C. was quite like the new public housing development she just got done touring in New York.
She did not mention, however, some of the amenities that set her D.C. digs apart.
“The newly-constructed complex,” reports the Washington Free Beacon, “built adjacent to a Whole Foods, also features both an indoor lap pool and a rooftop pool, a rooftop dog park and dog wash station, numerous gyms including a Peloton cycling studio and a yoga studio, a demonstration kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, private massage rooms with hydromassage beds, a golf simulator studio, a basketball court, a racquetball court, and a rooftop tennis court with a ‘parabolic hitting wall’ in case you’re alone with nobody to play with. Prices in the complex range from around $2,000 for a small studio to over $5,000 for a three-bedroom.”
That’s a bit beyond “clean water and clean air,” but you know.