Gutfeld: Ocasio-Cortez Ripping Uber in Taxi Dispute Is Like 'Replacing Electricity with Candles'
In his monologue Wednesday on "The Five," Greg Gutfeld reacted to socialist Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizing ride-share companies for negatively affecting unionized taxi drivers.
[Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)] frequently criticized the ride-hailing company for what she sees as underpaying its drivers, decrying their pay as “exploitation” if they don’t get at least $15 an hour, the so-called living wage.
She directly blamed the company for the suicide death of Doug Schifter, a driver in his 60s, who killed himself with a shotgun amid financial difficulties caused by flooding the streets of New York with alternative and cheaper options of taxis, as detailed in a lengthy Facebook post...
That was in March, months before the New York socialist, who recently lamented the closing down of a coffee shop over minimum wage hikes that she supports, became the new face of the progressive Democratic Party.
But between April and late June, the Ocasio-Cortez campaign recorded spending nearly $4,000 on Uber for what appears to be 160 rides by its staff, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reveal.
Gutfeld said the episode is another example of the "eternal hypocrisy of all socialists."
He said Uber and other companies have turned "thousands of folks into small businessmen," later comparing policies similar to Ocasio-Cortez' platform to replacing electricity with candles.
"What socialist could do to New York is what they've already done to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba," he said, adding that after 100 years of "soul- and bone-crushing socialism, people refuse to be taken for a ride."
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