Warren Doubles Up Ocasio-Cortez Claim: Americans Working '2, 3 or 4 Jobs' to Make Ends Meet
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) echoed Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claim that Americans are working multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Warren dismissed the low unemployment numbers under President Trump, arguing during an MSNBC interview that people were either working inadequate minimum wage jobs or "two, three, or four jobs to try to pay the rent and keep food on the table."
She called on people to look at the "lived experiences" of the majority of American workers and assess whether their lives are improving in this economy. Warren said a Wall Street boom is not indicative of economic health, since many corporations are not "sharing" with their employees.
WATCH: Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren claims people are working 4 jobs just to survive.
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Her statement came after Ocasio-Cortez - who shocked the political world by winning a House Democratic primary in New York against heavily-favored incumbent Joe Crowley - said in an interview on PBS’s ‘Firing Line’ that "unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs" and argued capitalism "will not always exist in the world."
The U.S. economy added 213,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate ticked up from 3.8% to 4%. But analysts said the higher rate is evidence of more workers actively seeking work after being on the sidelines.
On "Fox & Friends," GOP senators Tim Scott (S.C.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa) disagreed with the comments from Warren and Ocasio-Cortez, calling it "theater."
Scott said there are nearly 150 million Americans in the workforce, with 7 or 8 million of those having more than one job.
"We have a 45-year high for small business optimism and the left is losing their mind," said Scott.
Watch the interview above.