Nothing says Worker Solidarity quite like posing in $14,000 worth of clothes.
Coincidentally, $14,000 is what I owe on my car.
Note that the cover has emblazoned across it, "AOC," the moniker by which only "the people" are allowed to address her.
I guess we can add wealthy New York fashionista elites to the list of "the people," right between pipe fitters and nurse practitioners.
You could argue that when you get a cover story in Vanity Fair they are going to dress you up in glamorous clothes because that's what they do. It comes with the territory and we shouldn't call her out on it.
Except for one thing.
You don't have to do a cover story for Vanity Fair. You certainly can, and it will gain you notoriety and further your political career (or not), but you don't have to do it. It's a choice.
With that out of the way...
She's wearing $700 shoes!
Okay, I feel better now.
The story is largely glorifying of course, and annoying in its habitual victimization narrative.
"She has demonstrated a special talent for triggering white-male fragility on both ends of the political spectrum. Three months after her 2018 primary, Andrew Cuomo dismissed her victory as a ‘fluke.' Ron DeSantis, a congressman at the time, called her ‘this girl…or whatever she is.'"
But something else comes across as you read the article.
She seems like a genuinely sincere person. Make no mistake about that. She believes this stuff and has an undeniable charisma.
It seems that her working class roots are real, too, but here's the thing.
You can have working class roots and come out of it with respect not only for yourself, but for the people and businesses who employ you and the sacrifices they make and the risks they take on.
You can come out of it resentful for all the things you don't have, and believe you have the right to seize the wealth of others because you don't appreciate how that wealth was created and lack a fundamental understanding of what it takes to actually build a business.
AOC is the latter, and you underestimate her at your peril.
If you're interested, and of course you are, the article includes a "day-in-the-life" video about her routine. The part about how she deals with alternate-side-of-the-street parking is particularly engaging.