Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an incredibly popular young politician with a core platform that most of the country supports. She is good at Twitter and is even better at plainly stating what is very fucked up and unfair about how politics currently work in the United States. But now, alarmingly, a conservative group has paid for some billboards in New York City accusing her of being mean to Amazon. Is this the end of the line for Ocasio-Cortez?
Last week, a billboard appeared in Times Square that placed the blame for Amazon’s decision to kill plans for a second corporate headquarters in New York City squarely on Ocasio-Cortez. Paid for by the Job Creators Network (JCN), which is described by Mother Jones as “a conservative advocacy group led by the CEOs of some of the country’s largest retailers” and therefore people we absolutely should trust, the billboard lists some potential economic losses due to Amazon’s pullout before spelling out in big black letters: “Thanks for nothing, AOC!”
Ocasio-Cortez, of course, replied, correctly noting that not only is the billboard “wack,” JCN is NOT a Christian cable news network as some might assume by their acronym and is in fact a shadowy business group funded by the Mercer family:
Because 2019 is a year in which everything makes sense, JCN had to respond, not with a tweet or even a subtweet but with yet more billboards. On Friday of last week, they unveiled two new ads, which read, respectively: “Hey AOC, Saw your wack tweet” and “Hey AOC, this billboard cost about $4,000. But you cost NY 25,000 jobs and $4,000,000,000 in annual lost wages. Ouch!”
I look forward to JCN continuing to spend the Mercer family’s cash on billboards.