The set of “Morning Joe” was not happy about the decision by Amazon to pull out of their new planned headquarters in New York City yesterday, laying the blame for the decision at the feet of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow recalcitrant progressive lawmakers.
On set there was near unanimity that Ocasio-Cortez did not understand the broader situation and was unfamiliar with basic economics.
“The protests that we saw were to get on AOC’s bandwagon. And what’s shocking to me is yet once again she shows how little she understands, about not just economics, but even unemployment,” show mainstay Susan Del Percio said. “Just because she has a progressive agenda, which some people like, does not mean she has the city’s best interests. What she showed me today, or yesterday, is that she only cares about herself.”
On set, there was also much discussion about how public polling generally showed that ordinary New Yorkers had supported Amazon’s plan, including large majorities of black and Latino voters.
“End of the line, the people who wanted the jobs the least to come to the area were white elites in Manhattan, according to all of the polls,” Joe Scarborough added.
Even Mika Brzezinski, typically sympathetic to Ocasio-Cortez, said the whole situation made her “cringe.”
“She needs to follow some of the more successful more mature members. I would suggest Nancy Pelosi would be a great example,” she said. “But you don’t know what you don’t know and you’re going to step in it if you’re not careful. And they have a few times. I watch AOC with a lot of hope, but I’m also cringing because I’d love to give her some advice.”
Reps for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to request for comment.
On Thursday, Amazon officially made the momentous decision, with the company citing New York City’s hostile political climate as a cause.
“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” Amazon said in a statement.
Though she took heat from the political class, AOC was celebrated by her base after the pullout and exulted on Twitter when the decision was announced.
“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she said.