House Democratic Rep. from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is extremely comfortable being the center of attention – something that she has demonstrated from her very first moments in the political spotlight.
This week was no different.
The fiery progressive lawmaker has taken a fierce stance on the raising of the minimum wage to at least $15, and has spent a great deal of time rambling off facts and anecdotes that seem to bolster her case…
…Even if they don’t even involve countries with a minimum wage.
The New York congresswoman called the discussion around raising the federal minimum wage “utterly embarrassing” in a tweet published Tuesday night.
She then called on the Senate to “[o]verride the parliamentarian and raise the wage” to $15 an hour and pointed to the wage McDonald’s workers in Denmark are paid to back her demand.
She also claimed the $15 minimum wage hike was “a deep compromise” after demanding the Senate override the chamber’s parliamentarian — a nonpartisan officer who oversees rules and procedures in the legislative body.
“[McDonald’s] workers in Denmark are paid $22/hr [plus] 6 [weeks] paid vacation. $15/hr is a deep compromise – a big one, considering the phase in,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
Alas, the comparison was null and void.
There is one thing Ocasio-Cortez’s argument left out, though: Denmark doesn’t have a nationally mandated minimum wage. Typically, trade unions work to keep wages above $20, but there is no federal wage, USA Today noted in a fact check last month.
AOC was soon receiving plenty of backlash on social media for her flub, including from prominent conservative figurehead Dinesh D’Souza, who called the Congresswoman’s lack of facts “utterly embarrassing”.
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