Self-proclaimed “socialist” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed early Tuesday that it was her “responsibility” to attend the Met Gala — as she was roundly ripped for wearing a couture “Tax the Rich” dress to the elite bash, where tickets cost at least $30,000.
The mask-less Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) turned heads as she joined other left-wing leaders like Mayor Bill de Blasio at the exclusive New York bash late Monday — passing by a Black Lives Matter protest against the event taking place outside.
She justified wearing her dress by New York-based Aurora James — whom she hailed as a “sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer” — claiming they were there to “kick open the doors at the Met.”
“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,” she tweeted early Tuesday. “I was one of several in attendance in this evening,” she noted defensively.
Some online suggested that her defensive message was a sign that she “already knew the optics on this were gonna be really bad” — with her attendance quickly getting a dressing down online.
“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. asked.
“‘Tax the Rich’ … But first I’m gonna go have the time of my life partying with them all at the most extravagant over the top party of the year that is essentially a celebration of richness,” Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy tweeted sarcastically.
Actor Michael Rapaport shared a similar message, tweeting, “Custom TAX THE RICH dress while at the most elitist event in the world.”
“@AOC will soon be rich with a ginormous production deal from somewhere & done with Politics, guarantee it,” he wrote.
“Stop treating ANY of these people like celebrities they are public servants that work for US.”
Podcaster CJ Pearson also tweeted about how the face of the “Democratic Socialists” was “wearing a Tax The Rich dress at a $33,000/person event, exclusively attended by Hollywood elites.”
“She understands irony almost as well as she does economics,” he quipped.
Human rights advocate Tina Ramirez said it was “obscenely out of touch and completely hypocritical” of the representative who “makes well over double the national average salary and who voted to give herself a pay raise.”
Many shared images of BLM protesters angrily decrying the event from outside while the socialist leader was smiling at the upscale event, where companies spend around $300,000 to book a table.
“Police were creasing people’s heads outside while you and your friends were nibbling watermelon tarts with smoked yuzu soy on panipuri crackers,” tweeted Andray Domise, a member of Black Alliance for Peace.
AOC allegedly did not pay for her ticket, and it is still unclear who invited her to the gala.