It wasn’t that long ago. In fact, it was just last week, That New York Democrat AOC appeared at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and said it was necessary for candidates “to not be funded by billionaires but to be funded by the people.”
What’s odd is that AOC herself is funded by a billionaire — one who was on the Democratic debate stage with Sanders last week.
According to the New York Post, Ocasio-Cortez received a donation to her 2018 congressional candidacy from Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who’s more or less bought his way onto the presidential debate rostrum.
The $2,700 donation was made on Aug. 29, 2018, and confirmed by Steyer’s campaign. Steyer announced he would run for president in July of this year, long after the donation was made.
The story actually begins with one of the only compulsively watchable moments in a three-hour Democratic debate last week, which was very much the opposite of watchable.
If you didn’t watch the debate, you probably remember the exchange by two words: “wine cave.” That’s the location where South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg hosted a fundraising event — a fact that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took plenty of advantage of.
“We made the decision many years ago that rich people in smoke-filled rooms would not pick the next president of the United States,” Warren said. “Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States.”
“According to Forbes magazine, I’m literally the only person on this stage who’s not a millionaire or a billionaire,” Buttigieg said in response, adding that Warren shouldn’t be “issuing purity tests you yourself cannot pass.”
During a campaign stop with Sanders last Saturday in Los Angeles, in which AOC accused America of being fascist.
Ocasio-Cortez used the “purity test” line to hit back at Buttigieg (and Warren by association, since she too has taken money from billionaire donors).
“For anyone who accuses us for instituting purity tests — it’s called having values,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
.@AOC taking a shot at Buttigieg:
“For anyone who accuses of us of instituting purity tests, it's called having values. It's called giving a damn. It's called having standards for your conduct, by not being funded by billionaires.” pic.twitter.com/866aLKIqte
— Ibrahim (@ibrahimpols) December 21, 2019
Perhaps Pete Buttigieg was right. Democrats shouldn’t be “issuing purity tests you yourself cannot pass.”