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AOC points out the hypocrisy of Trump’s $70,000 hairstyling spend


TextAlex Peters

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans as ‘spineless, misogynistic hypocrites’

Last night. The New York Times published an explosive article revealing information about Donald Trump’s taxes. 

The NYT obtained the President’s tax returns covering the past two decades which revealed information including that Trump paid just $750 in income taxes in 2016, the year he won the election, and 2017, his first year in the White House. He paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years.

One of the many other findings revealed in the discovery is that the President has been taking tax deductions on personal expenses including residences, aircraft, and hair. Written off as a business expense was over $70,000 to style his hair during The Apprentice. As was almost $100,000 paid to a favourite hair and make-up artist of Ivanka Trump.

In response to the news, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called out the Republican party for being “spineless, misogynistic hypocrites.” Last year, AOC was heavily criticised after it was reported she paid $260 (out of her own pocket) for a haircut and colour ($80 for the cut, $180 for the lowlights). The Washington Times, for instance, ran the headline “Self-declared socialist AOC splurges on high-dollar hairdo.” A year later, she wants to know where the outrage is for the President.

“Last year Republicans blasted a firehose of hatred + vitriol my way because I treated myself to a $250 cut & lowlights on my birthday,” she tweeted. “Where’s the criticism of their idol spending $70k on hairstyling? Oh, it’s nowhere because they’re spineless, misogynistic hypocrites? Got it.”

Everything about AOC, from her joyful dancing to her bartending past, seems to offend the Right-wing who simultaneously turn a blind eye to the spending habits of those politicians in their party. At the time of the controversy, Ocasio-Cortez shared how Vice President Mike Pence spent $600,000 of taxpayer funds on a limo trip to Trump’s golf course in Ireland. “I wonder if Republicans care about corruption as much as they care about a woman’s cut & color,” she asked

Last month, the Congresswoman defended women against those who dismiss an interest in hair and make-up as “frivolous.” In a beauty tutorial filmed for Vogue, she argued that self-care is a radical act. “The reason why I think it’s so important to share these things is that femininity has power, and in politics there is so much criticism and nitpicking about how women and femme people present ourselves,” she says. “Just being a woman is quite politicized here in Washington.”

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