Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is a self-declared Democratic-Socialist who has been vociferous in attacking capitalism. For example, she once instructed her nearly 11 million Twitter followers to "Resist disaster capitalism," whatever the hell that means. Last year, she publicly declared capitalism to be "irredeemable." Moreover, she vehemently opposed Amazon’s plan to build a second headquarters in New York City, which would have brought "at least 25,000 to 40,000 good paying jobs and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue" into New York according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Therefore, it seemed more than a bit odd when AOC recently started hawking sweatshirts saying “Tax the Rich” for $58 apiece, a figure which doesn’t even include shipping and handling. The shirt is just one of many items available in the official AOC shop. The far-left politician is also peddling “AOC Plus Me” tee-shirts and “Drink Water & Don’t Be Racist” stickers. “AOC Plus Me” is a concept too frightening to consider, in either an intellectual or physical sense. “Drink Water & Don’t Be Racist” stickers are a good illustration of why. I mean, WTH? What stickers will she come out with next, “Brush Your Teeth & Don’t Shoot People for No Reason?” “Take A Daily Multi-Vitamin & Don’t Hit Your Wife?” To say that AOC isn’t bright is akin to saying that the Sun isn’t frigid.
If AOC is selling $58 sweatshirts, she understands neither economics nor her purported target market. Why not sell $1,500 bottles of “AOC Champagne” or diamond-encrusted gold Rolex watches proclaiming “Tax the Rich?” Perhaps panties with the message “Black Lives Matter” made from the finest silk from silkworms bathed in a mist of Perrier and Aloe and raised in the hills of Monaco? A top-hat, cane, pocket-watch and monocle set?
If she was true to herself, what she should be selling are shirts sporting likenesses of Che Guevara, Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin, or Chairman Mao. And she might be able to support big mark-ups on those items, due to the hypocrisy and woke cluelessness of leftists. The ends justify the means.
But maybe Ms. Occasional-Cortex will eventually get the hang of marketing. Maybe she will start offering coupons, BOGOs, and “AOC Club” memberships, complete with frequent shopper rewards and other perks. “In honor of the successful completion of the great Russian Revolution of 1917, I am offering a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on Vladimir Lenin rubakhas and undergarments! But wait, there’s more! Send before midnight tonight, and I’ll also include an actual imitation bronze ‘hammer and sickle’ pin, suitable for casual or dress attire! Act now! Operators are standing by!”
“AOC Plus Me?”