Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) demanded at a town hall event in the Bronx on Thursday that everybody be given “access” to guaranteed homes before anyone is allowed the “privilege to earn a profit.”
“We have to make sure that housing is being legislated as a human right,” Ocasio-Cortez arrogantly stated. “What does that mean? What it means is that our access and our ability and our guarantee to having a home comes before someone else’s privilege to earn a profit.”
The 29-year-old former bartender said that the tax code needed to be changed, saying that the government needs to remove “tax breaks for bad behavior.”
“I want to make sure that we connect some dots because when we introduced the Green New Deal we were saying what is a girl from the Bronx doing and talked about environmentalism that doesn’t make any sense, right?” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Wrong. Because one of the big things that we talked about was that we need to clean our buildings. … When we talk about our right to a clean home, when we talk about retrofitting buildings, what we’re talking about is cleaning our air and cleaning our water because when we talk about what housing as a right means, it doesn’t mean that you have a right to four crumbling walls and a dirty floor.”
“What it means is that we all have a right to dignified housing, good heat, responsible structures, low noise, clean air, and clean water at an affordable price! At an affordable price!” Ocasio-Cortez ranted.
Ocasio-Cortez then documented getting her luxury apartment in Washington, D.C.
“I come into this building and it’s marketed a luxury building in D.C., right?” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I move into this luxury building in D.C. and what does it have? It’s an efficient building, it’s clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden, y’all watch my Instagram, it has all of these things, it has clean air, it has clean water.”
“And I think about this and I’m like this is what a luxury building is like, right?” Ocasio-Cortez added. “What we have been taught that is a luxury, should not be a luxury.”