Queens, New York was a top contender for Amazon’s HQ2 — it’s second headquarters in the nation — which was slated to bring 25,000 high-paying jobs to the borough. And now the internet giant is looking elsewhere.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among a crowd of angry progressives upset that Long Island City and the state of New York wanted to give Amazon $3 billion in tax breaks as an incentive for them to move there.
“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she wrote on Twitter Thursday, referring to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.
But then she revealed the true scope of her economic prowess by complaining that “we were subsidizing those jobs” with all the tax breaks and “we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal” that could have been used to hire teachers, make repairs to the subway system, and “put a lot of people to work” instead.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was among many of her critics that quickly pointed out the major flaw in her claim.
“Revoking a tax break to Amazon does not make Amazon's money appear in NY's coffers if Amazon doesn't locate there,” he wrote on Twitter. “The stupid. It burns.”
Others chimed in as well.