The Republican Party likes to pretend they represent the working families of America, but are so disgustingly arrogant they can’t help but tell on themselves whenever the opportunity presents itself.
On Saturday afternoon, a storm erupted on social media with a new recording of up-and-coming GOP blowhard Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) mocking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s past occupation, which you must know by now was working as a bartender.
“Chuck Schumer is controlled by people like AOC, who believes the biggest hardship in life was figuring out whether it was still or sparkling and you don’t know hardship until you’ve cried in the back!” quipped Crenshaw at a campaign stop for GA Senate hopeful David Perdue.
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) December 5, 2020
It is revolting to hear Crenshaw demean hospitality industry workers so callously. The Texas Congressman was referencing a recent tweet by his colleague from New York, completely missing the point that Ocasio-Cortez was trying to make: that waiters and waitresses are forced to work incredibly long hours with their pay entirely dependent on how well they cater to the whims of abusive, self-entitled slugs like Crenshaw who find it acceptable or even amusing to berate their servers over the pettiest of mistakes.
Republicans like to make fun of the fact that I used to be a waitress, but we all know if they ever had to do a double they’d be the ones found crying in the walk-in fridge halfway through their first shift bc someone yelled at them for bringing seltzer when they wanted sparkling
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 4, 2020
On top of that, servers very rarely get any benefits and are extremely vulnerable to sexual harassment and emotional abuse at the hands of their often tyrannical managers. Their lot has gotten even worse during the pandemic, as servers have been forced to risk exposing themselves to a deadly disease to make their paychecks at jobs that don’t provide any healthcare or even pay them anything resembling a living wage.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded and hammered Crenshaw for his cruelty and highlighting how the Republican Party and all of its members are servers in their own right — making sure that the wealthy elites have spit-shined boots while working Americans are left to suffer.
The GOP acts like they care, but behind closed doors, this is what they actually say about the working class.
Good to know how little you truly think of food workers, @DanCrenshawTX.
I wonder: did you have catering while bonding w/ wealthy donors over your disdain for the poor? https://t.co/qrZShdTbME
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 5, 2020
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.