Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ “Tax the Rich” couture dress is still causing a stir on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., took it out on Twitter, where Banks eventually told Swalwell, “Only one of us has a thing for communist women.”
Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., donned a white dress, emblazoned with “Tax the Rich” on the back, Monday at the Met Gala, one of the most lavish displays of elitism and excess. Banks took note and tweeted about the dress three times.
“For Republicans, AOC is the gift that keeps on giving,” the congressman wrote in a tweet.
“Tax AOC’s Dress!” he wrote in another tweet.
“Last night was symbolic of how the Democratic party rules. The humble helpers are forced to put on masks while the elites party and laugh at you,” he wrote in another, along with a photo of Ocasio-Cortez in her “Tax the Rich” dress and Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a dress with the phrase, “Equal rights for women.” Behind Maloney was a group of gala attendants, all fully masked. Maloney and Ocasio-Cortez did not wear masks during the event.
‘3 tweets about @aoc’s dress? Do you need a restraining order?’ Swalwell clapped back.
“Sorry Eric, but one of us has a thing for communist women,” Banks replied.
He then retweeted a mock-up of the AOC dress in which “Tax the Rich” was replaced by “Eric Swalwell slept with a CCP spy.”
Swalwell was in a relationship with Christine Fang – or Fang Fang – for years before breaking ties in 2015 after he was tipped off by the intelligence community that she was a Chinese agent.
Fang fled the country when the FBI investigated her and her infiltration efforts, leading her to befriend other California politicians and have sex with two Midwestern mayors.
Swalwell has declined to confirm or deny that he slept with Fang.
Rep. Eric Swalwell is pictured above with Christine Fang
Fang fled the country when the FBI investigated her and her infiltration efforts, which also led her to befriend other California politicians and have sex with two Midwestern mayors.
Some Republicans viewed AOC’s Monday red carpet debut as “beyond parody.”
The 31-year-old socialist firefighter attended the event with her friend Riley Roberts, both of whom attended as “guests” at the Met.
“The Met Gala is seen as elite and inaccessible… As a working-class woman, [I] wanted to enjoy the event but also break the fourth wall and challenge the industry,” she proudly told Vogue at the event.
On Tuesday morning, AOC boasted about the wave of Google searches for the words “tax the rich.”
She wrote on Instagram: “More and more people are looking up and discussing our f****d-up tax code and how we can fix it so we can fund childcare, healthcare, climate action and student loan forgiveness for all? Aurora James understood the order.’
She was met with a wave of criticism from not only the right, but also some leftists for rubbing the elbows of the rich and famous at an event that cost more than the annual salary of many Americans.
AOC said she was invited to the event as an elected official. DailyMail.com May Reveal The Met Museum Has Paid Its Ticket And Bill de Blasio’s
The Office of Congressional Ethics was asked by a conservative group to launch an investigation into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for accepting free tickets to Monday’s Met Gala, where she wore a tailored dress that read ‘Tax the Rich’
AOC with her boyfriend Riley Roberts (far right), her clothing designer Aurora James and Benjamin Bronfman (far left), James’ partner who is the heir to Seagrams Company Ltd. The photo shows that the group is leaving at midnight. AOC claimed she was “invited” as an elected official. DailyMail.com Can Reveal She Was a Guest at the Met Museum
She wasn’t wearing a mask like many of the other guests.
The event was only for fully vaccinated guests, but the celebrities in attendance — who regularly preach online about COVID rules — ignored guidelines from the CDC and liberal states like California, where masks are recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status.
In a proud Instagram post about the event and her outfit choice, AOC said, “The medium is the message. Proud to partner with Aurora James as a sustainably-focused, black immigrant designer who went from starting her dream Brother Vellies in a Brooklyn flea market to win the CDFA against all odds — then teamed up to kick open the doors of the Met. Now is the time for childcare, healthcare and climate action for all. Tax the rich.
And yes, BEFORE anyone starts to get wild — NYC elected officials are regularly invited to attend the Met because of our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public.
‘I was one of the many present. Dress was borrowed through Brother Vellies.’
AOC has spoken out in the past about its stance on taxing millionaires.
In 2019, she advocated raising taxes to 70 percent for the wealthy to fund climate change action.