AOC Responds To Conservatives Unveiling ‘Wack’ Billboard In Times Square

A conservative group called the Job Creators Network (JCN) erected a giant digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square criticizing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her role in Amazon’s decision to ditch plans for building a second headquarters in Queens.

“Thanks for nothing, AOC!” reads the billboard, “25,000 lost NYC jobs, $4 billion in lost wages, $12 billion in lost economic activity for NY” along with the hashtag “#SocialismTakesCapitalismCreates.”

Amazon cited opposition from “state and local politicians” as one of the factors in its decision, though it is unclear whether Ocasio-Cortez—who works at the federal level—was in any way directly involved.

The congresswoman responded to a tweet by Fox News host Laura Ingraham praising the billboard to say: “Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers),” adding, “(PS fact that it’s in Times Sq tells you this isn’t for/by NYers.)”

Ocasio-Cortez pointed out in a subsequent tweet that JCN is funded in part by the Mercers, a family of wealthy conservative donors who have ties to the Trump administration and ring-wing conspiracy media outlet Breitbart.

(According to Business Insider, though Marcus undoubtedly founded JCN and has given money to the group in the past, it is unclear whether the Mercers still fund the organization.)

The congresswoman wasn’t finished roasting the billboard. In another tweet, she compared it to Steve Carell’s character on The Office.

“Billionaires paying to put up anti-progressive propaganda in Times Square is like the obscenely rich version of the scene where Michael Scott points to the Bubba Gump and saying ‘This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here,'” Ocasio-Cortez joked, before linking to the episode with the caption “had to.”

Amazon announced its decision to pull out of the deal last week, writing in a statement that “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us.”

Ocasio-Cortez applauded the decision in a February 14 tweet, writing: “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”

Five days later, she penned a Twitter thread explaining her opposition to the deal, which she called “one of the biggest giveaways in state history.”

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