During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sounded off on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who suggested that American workers orchestrate a national boycott when the economy reopens after the coronavirus, saying she needs to look back to where she came from and remember that she still gets paid as a member of Congress regardless of whether she’s doing her job.
“This is the same Congresswoman who just last week was celebrating the devastation of the oil and gas industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that are tied to that because she hoped it would provide momentum for her Green New Deal.” Sanders said, “This is also a person who may want to go back to her roots and remember that most Americans, unlike those in Congress have to show up in order to get paid and that they don’t have the luxury of not doing their job and still being able to provide for her family like she does as a member of Congress.”
She continued, “There are people that are really hurting. The President is looking for ways to protect, to help them. She might want to join in that effort instead of putting people down who are struggling and trying to figure out how best to help their families and provide that food. She might wanna go back and remember that when she was a bartender and not a member of Congress, she didn’t have that luxury.
.@AOC is calling for a National Work Boycott after Coronavirus is over.
“When we have this discussion about going back or re-opening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no’… we’re not going back to that.”
People WANT to go back to work.
She is so out of touch. pic.twitter.com/QAalkAxzIz
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 22, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez made the statement Wednesday during an interview with VICE TV’s political talk show “Seat at the Table with Anand Giridharadas.”
“When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know only in America does the President, when the President tweets about ‘liberation’ does he mean go back to work.” Ocasio-Cortez said.
She added, “When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot of people should just say no, we’re not going back to that, we’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”
In the last week, 4.4 million people have applied for unemployment insurance bringing the total coronavirus unemployment claims to more than 26 million.
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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis
The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.
“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”
“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”
“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.
“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.
“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’ I said, is it being studied right now? Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”
“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.
DOOCY: "Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "Yes we are." pic.twitter.com/V5XKhgcmAJ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 8, 2021
The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.
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