On Thursday, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), speaking literally about a common expression on hard work, said it was “physically impossible” for people to pull themselves up by their own “bootstraps” or “shoelaces.”
“This idea of a bootstrap,” started AOC.
“You know this idea, this metaphor of a bootstrap started off as a joke.”
“Because, it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces,” she continued.
“It’s physically impossible!”
AOC was roundly mocked for the comments, not just for the bizarre literal take, but for the anti-American sentiment, which is disproven every day in America.
“Long gone are the days when, say, a lower-middle class, outer-borough bartender could ascend to the commanding heights of America’s ruling elite,” The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay said
“In other news, cats don’t actually have people’s tongues, nor do pots have the ability to call kettles black,” joked Ben Shapiro.
Lauren Chen posted:
“Not sure what’s funnier: >AOC taking metaphors literally >AOC, a former bartender who is now a congressman, dismissing the idea of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended comments she made about the “bootstrap” meritocracy by invoking Martin Luther King Jr.
“I see that the right is worked up that we pointed out the myth of bootstrapping when 60% of the wealth in this country is *inherited.*,” the New York Democrat wrote.
“But hey, if you think I’m hopelessly dumb, try listening to MLK talk about ‘bootstrapping’ & the racial wealth gap, too.”
In the clip she posted, King criticized the treatment of blacks by the government, saying the government failed to give African Americans their due. King said that many blacks had no “economic base” by which to pull themselves up.