When Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) called out Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the most recent 2020 Democratic presidential debate over his “billionaire wine cave” fundraiser, progressive Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who has endorsed millionaire Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy, were enraged over “Mayor Pete” having mingled with the very same wealthy people she has taken issue with.
While Rep. Ocasio-Cortez railed against Buttigieg at Sanders campaign rally in this past weekend for receiving campaign donations from billionaires, the freshman congresswoman appears to have forgotten that she too has received money from billionaires.
First, here is what she said about Buttigieg:
“For anyone who accuses us of instituting purity tests, it’s called having values…It’s called giving a damn. It’s called having standards for your conduct, to not be funded by billionaires but to be funded by the people, which is different…Let me tell you something… I go to work all the time and I hear people say, ‘what will my donors think?; I hear that phrase. And I hear and I see that billionaires get members of Congress on speed dial and waitresses don’t, okay? There’s a difference.”
Now the hypocrisy.
According to her campaign’s financial filings with the Federal Elections Commission, during her 2018 congressional campaign, Ocasio-Cortez received a maximum $2,700 donation from billionaire and current Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
The latest polls show that vice president Joe Biden continues to lead the field of candidates, but Buttigieg enjoys a 5 point lead in Iowa. Sanders and Warren are jockeying for the second position.