Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's sentiment over President Donald Trump's coronavirus relief plans were summed up in one word: unacceptable. She, once again, accuses the president of exploiting the public health crisis for the sake of his agenda., despite all the good he's doing and people like Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo throwing his support towards Trump.
An article by Fox News reports that Ocasio-Cortez is responding to the news of the administration's proposed $800 billion economic stimuli. The aim of this stimulus includes hundreds of billions of dollars in payroll tax cuts and Small Business Association loans. On Twitter, the Democratic representative wrote, "This is unacceptable. Trump is using this public health crisis as an opportunity to push tax cuts and corporate bailouts," she tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "This is an emergency. We need to help vulnerable people & small biz now w/ paid leave, extended unemployment, UBI, Medicaid expansion,&mortgage suspensions."
The administration recently announced it would seek to provide immediate cash for American citizens. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that they are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately.
For Ocasio-Cortez, this isn't enough. She advocates for a federal jobs guarantee and a "New Deal-style policy," which refers to the massive economic reforms that were passed during the Great Depression. The Democratic representative once again pushes for the idea of student loan debt relief.
A lot of people responded to Ocasio-Cortez's sentiments negatively. They've accused her of doing the same thing she's blaming the president of, politicizing the coronavirus crisis for her agenda. In his interview with Fox News, Policy Director at Foundation for Government Accountability, Sam Adolphsen had many things to say. He said, "The country is in a crisis that we need to work together to solve, but instead AOC and the left are trying to use the opportunity ram through a bad fiscal policy that Americans don't want. Free-stuff-for all is not a solution."
The backlash has not stopped Ocasio-Cortez at all. She also discourages UBI proposals for fear of it having negative economic consequences.