Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the inequality in the United States, which allowed the richest people in the country to significantly increase their wealth during a pandemic coronavirus, while tens of millions of Americans to lose their jobs.
A member of the house of representatives from new York city responded to the report stating that the fortunes in the United States increased by $432 billion in the period from 18 March to 21 may.
According to the report prepared by Americans for Tax Fairness and Institute for Policy Studies based on data from Forbes, the owner of Amazon Jeff Bezos made a fortune at $34.6 billion State Mark Zuckerberg rose to $25.3 billion, and as the former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer for $12.8 billion
In the same period of 38.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, as businesses were forced to close during the outbreak of coronavirus.
“We have a really great system”, sarcastically wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, sharing a link to the report.
Really great system we got here.
Can’t imagine why anyone would question how beneficial or sustainable it is for the working class https://t.co/SiIX55NRX9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 21, 2020
Speaking on ABC, Ocasio-Cortez said that the outbreak of coronavirus showed how undervalued key workers.
“For me, the key employee is any person in this country, which helps to maintain our normal life from day to day, she said. – The great irony is that they, as a rule, underpaid, underestimate them”.
According to research, after the crisis the richest people “come to life” first. So, after the financial crisis of 2008 billionaires took less than 30 months to return to the level preceding the crisis.