On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, argued that many Americans should protest America’s economic insecurity by refusing to work after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know, only in America does the president — when the president tweets about liberation — does he mean go back to work. When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no’ — we’re not going back to that,” she said.
“We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”
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She also received significant attention for for her response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. In almost celebratory fashion she tweeted:
“You absolutely love to see it,” she said in the since-deleted tweet. She later tweeted: “This snapshot is being acknowledged as a turning point in the climate movement. Fossil fuels are in long-term structural decline. This along w/ low interest rates means it‘s the right time to create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy. A key opportunity.”
Then in another rant on Tuesday she said this:
“If you want your freedom, if you want to end the shutdown, then tell your president to make some damn tests and to support some state governments,” the freshman congresswoman said during an Instagram Live session.
Adding, “This is outrageous, So, if you want to make sure that we reopen the economy, why don’t you turn around, march on over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and protest this president who’s not supporting our governors and making sure that we get the tests, the medical equipment, the hospital funding, and the state and local funding, so that we can all get on with our lives.”