Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known as AOC, has been the subject of an ethics investigation for several months due to her actions at the 2021 MET Gala. This investigation is seen as a significant display of hypocrisy as AOC, who purports to represent working-class Latina women, wore a dress with the message “Tax the Rich” emblazoned in bold red letters on the back while attending an event that charges a staggering $40,000 per ticket for entry.
In December, the House Ethics Committee, comprising members from both political parties, declared that they had initiated an investigation into AOC’s presence at the MET Gala. The Committee issued a statement acknowledging that they were examining the situation and that AOC had contravened House Rule XI, Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A), 17A(c)(1), and 17A(j) and clause 3(b)(8)(A).
However, the issue does not conclude with AOC’s attempt to circumvent the Congressional ethics regulations to attend the event. As per reports, she also failed to compensate several small-scale vendors, causing them significant financial harm. This is particularly distressing considering that AOC has built her image around being a former bartender who fights for her fellow working-class individuals in Washington D.C.
It is clear that AOC is not taking ethics rules seriously and is instead using her position of power to take advantage of those less fortunate than her. Her attendance at the MET Gala was a clear violation of Congressional ethics rules and her refusal to pay her bills shows her true colors as someone who is only interested in looking out for herself. This is yet another example of how politicians like AOC are only interested in furthering their own agenda and not looking out for the best interests of their constituents.