Ocasio-Cortez: The Upper Middle Class 'Doesn't Exist Anymore in America'
Democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a podcast interview that the upper middle class no longer exists in the United States.
Speaking on the "Pod Save America" podcast, the political newcomer was asked about Democrats who say her far-left promises would be a bad political move.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying the average age of a House Democrat is 65 years old, and that not enough money is being invested in younger candidates.
She went on to say that older national Democrats were in their "political heyday" in "90s politics," and campaigning to an American middle class.
Ocasio-Cortez said a more moderate upper middle class no longer exists in America due to deregulation of Wall Street and the "gutting" of working and middle class people.
"We need stronger champions," she said. "But I don't think that they see exactly how rising income and equality has resulted in a very stark political reality."
Contrary to her statements, the American upper middle class is actually growing, according to the Urban Institute.
Its report found that "the size of the upper middle class grew from 12.9 percent of the population in 1979 to 29.4 percent in 2014."
In terms of shares of total income, the middle class controlled a bit more than 46 percent of all incomes in 1979, while the upper middle class and rich controlled 30 percent. By 2014, the rich and upper middle class controlled 63 percent of all incomes, while the middle class share had shrunk to 26 percent.
Ocasio-Cortez -- who is set to square off against Republican Anthony Pappas in New York’s 14th Congressional District race in the fall -- has also said that in the current economic boom, unemployment is low because people are working multiple jobs.
“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a widely-criticized interview last month. “Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their kids.”
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