Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warms hearts once again with touching tribute to her mother on Instagram
If anyone is warming hearts lately, it’s newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, where she represents the 14th District, including Queens and the Bronx. The self-identified Democratic socialist has no problem defending her peers, promising to pay her interns $15 an hour, or asking for Instant Pot recipes on Instagram (a true millennial!).
She’s also openly shared her background; growing up working-class and with a single mother, Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t hide the fact that her mother worked multiple jobs, including cleaning and driving school buses, and that Ocasio-Cortez herself worked as a waitress and bartender as she ran for office.
People from historically low-income, or even working-class, backgrounds rarely get positive representation in the media, much less active roles in the government. A “bootstraps” rhetoric often accompanies these success stories, but Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t take that narrative bait. Instead, she uses her background to illustrate the reality of many, many Americans. In fact, ending income inequality is a major platform she ran on.
While her life experiences make her a relative rarity in the House of Representatives, it’s very much the norm in the United States. In a particularly touching Instagram post, she elaborates on her background, and specifically thanks her mother, who accompanied her to her swearing-in ceremony.