'Wrecking Ball' in Dem Party: Thiessen Blasts AOC for Celebrating Amazon's Cancellation of NYC HQ
Marc Thiessen blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the freshman Democrat celebrated news that Amazon scrapped its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Amazon cited the lack of cooperation from certain elected officials as part of its reason to leave New York.
"For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," Amazon said in its statement.
Ocasio-Cortez -- an outspoken opponent of the new headquarters -- tweeted that "anything is possible," taking a victory lap upon hearing the news.
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. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
On "The Story" Thursday, Thiessen, a Fox News contributor and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said he expects Ocasio-Cortez to learn from this once she feels the fallout from New York City losing 25,000 jobs that would pay on average approximately $150,000 per year.
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a wrecking ball inside the Democratic Party," Thiessen said. "And as a conservative, I'm sitting here with popcorn watching it happen."
He noted that the New York City-Amazon deal was negotiated by the Democratic governor and mayor, and sponsored by Democratic state legislators.
"She comes in -- the newly-elected Democratic socialist -- and wrecks the deal and creates such a hostile environment that Amazon says, 'We don't want to work in this environment. We're gone,'" Thiessen said.
He said this is more evidence that Ocasio-Cortez is "economically illiterate," pointing to her comments in a Yahoo News story:
We were subsidizing those jobs. The city was paying for those jobs. Frankly, if we were willing to give away $3 billion dollars for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district, ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that amount of money if we wanted to.
"There's no $3 billion dollars," Thiessen said. "It's not that there was a cash subsidy to Amazon, they were tax incentives. So literally, she doesn't understand that there's not $3 billion dollars. Amazon took the $3 billion dollars away with it, along with 25,000 jobs."
He said the lesson for Amazon is that they should do their business in red states where they won't face "crazy" opposition like this.
"And the lesson for America is: If you like this, you'll love the Green New Deal."
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