'Girl from the Bronx' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Grew Up in Wealthy Suburbs
Rising Democrat star's 'working class' image exposed as fake
The Democrat Party's rising star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, portrays a working-class image, referring to herself as a "girl from the Bronx," whilst rallying up support to impeach President Trump.
Also known as the "Bronx Activist," Ocasio-Cortez plays on being from a working-class area to better connect with her supporters.
However, to borrow a phrase from left-wing phony "fact-checkers" Snopes, this claim is false.
According to an exposé by Breitbart, Ocasio-Cortez actually grew up in one of the wealthiest areas in the United States.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, this week, Ocasio-Cortez said:
“Well, you know, the president is from Queens, and with all due respect — half of my district is from Queens — I don’t think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx.”
She similarly told the Washington Post: “I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family — mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. I was born in a place where your Zip code determines your destiny.”
She currently lives there, too.
So what’s the issue?
Ocasio-Cortez omits that for most of her formative years, she was actually raised in one of the United States’ wealthiest counties.
Around the age of five, Alexandria’s architect father Sergio Ocasio moved the family from the “planned community” of Parkchester in the Bronx to a home in Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County.
The New York Times describes her childhood home as “a modest two-bedroom house on a quiet street.”
In a 1999 profile of the area, when Ocasio-Cortez would have been ten years old, the Times lauded Yorktown Heights’ “diversity of housing in a scenic setting” – complete with two golf courses.
The paper quoted Linda Cooper, the town supervisor, describing Yorktown as ”a folksy area where people can come, kick off their shoes, wander around, sit in a cafe, listen to a concert in the park, or go to the theater.”
In a fun coincidence, Yorktown, which contains Yorktown Heights, is also home to a 436-acre state park named after – yes, one Donald J. Trump.
After high school, Ocasio-Cortez studied international relations and economics at Boston University and worked for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA).
Only after college did Ocasio-Cortez return to the Parkchester complex, where she launched Brook Avenue Press, a publishing group aimed at improving the public image of the Bronx.
Westchester County – which the Washington Post, in a glowing profile on Ocasio-Cortez, describes as only “middle class” – ranks #8 in the nation for the counties with the “highest average incomes among the wealthiest one percent of residents.”
According to the Economic Policy Institute, the county’s average annual income of the top one percent is a staggering $4,326,049.
Yorktown Heights, specifically, offers a sharp contrast from Bronx living.
According to USA.com, the town’s population is 81 percent white, and median household income is $96,413 – nearly double the average for both New York state and the nation, according to data from 2010-2014.
The 28-year-old’s far-left platform includes abolishing ICE, universal guaranteed employment, and Medicare for all.
In an interview with CNN, Ocasio-Cortez said she supports impeaching President Trump, despite warnings from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to avoid the issue.