Dem Socialist AOC Defends Her Political Merchandise Store: ‘Transactions Aren’t Capitalism’

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Transactions aren’t capitalism,” Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded when former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer chided her for profiting from capitalism in order to promote socialism.

“Using capitalism to push socialism,” Spicer tweeted Monday, linking to a Reuters article titled, “Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise,” reporting that the congresswoman’s campaign has paid $1.4 million to the political merchandise firm operating her online store:

“Now she is investing heavily in her online store, selling T-shirts, sweatshirts and other merchandise with her name, “AOC” initials or slogans including “Tax the Rich” and “Fight for our Future,” efforts aimed at both fundraising and building the second-term lawmaker’s profile nationally.

“Her campaign paid political merchandise firm Financial Innovations, which operates her online store and supplies merchandise, more than $1.4 million in the first six months of 2021, according to campaign disclosures to the Federal Election Commission late last week.”

Ocasio-Cortez replied by defining capitalism as a ruthless, destructive system and declaring that “transactions aren’t capitalism”:

“Not sure if you know this Sean, but transactions aren’t capitalism.

“Capitalism is a system that prioritizes profit at any & all human/enviro cost.

“But fwiw our shop is unionized, doesn’t operate for profit,& funds projects like free tutoring, food programs,& local organizing.”

By Craig Bannister

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About Video: Sean Spicer got into a Twitter exchange with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Capitalism and the sale of political merchandise, political commentator Dave Rubin reacts – Via Newsmax’s ‘Spicer and Co.’

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