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AOC under fire for tweet about minimum wage

Twitter users added additional context that was displayed under her post.

Published: December 21, 2022 9:59am

Updated: December 21, 2022 10:33am

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was slammed online after she criticized the Republican Party for not voting to raise the minimum wage, although the measure has been opposed by some in her own party. 

The congresswoman's tweet Monday was in response to the official GOP Twitter page's post stating: "60% of workers report living paycheck to paycheck."

"And yet y’all still voted against raising the minimum wage," she tweeted back. 

Twitter users added additional context that was displayed under her post in "Community Notes." The users pointed out that inflation is reducing wages and harming workers of all income levels. They also linked to news articles stating that at least two Democrats opposed raising the minimum wage, which has not increased since 2009. 

The Senate voted against raising the minimum wage last year by 58-42, with 7 Democrats and one independent joining Republicans to vote "No" in the split legislative body.

Other users commented criticizing Ocasio-Cortez's tweet.

"Less than 2% of American workers make minimum wage. So, the minimum wage has nothing to do with living paycheck to paycheck," conservative commentator Ross Schumann replied to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet. "Instead, democrat induced inflation is pushing Americans savings down and credit card debt up."

"Raising the minimum wage will cause more inflation," wrote the cryptocurrency advocate who goes by the alias Bow Tied Bull. "When you raise income for the same positions it just raises prices of all basic goods since there was no increase in productivity."

"We support a maximum wage of $0 for IRS and Federal Reserve employees," the Libertarian Party said. "And $8 for you, just so you can pay @elonmusk for your blue checkmark."

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