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Amazon blasts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Jeff Bezos comments: 'These allegations are absurd'

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on ABC’s 'This Week' on Sunday and slammed Amazon and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses the Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. Amazon has responded to criticism from Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after the Democratic congresswoman cr
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses the Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. Amazon has responded to criticism from Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after the Democratic congresswoman criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, CNN reports.
Cliff Owen, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon clapped back at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after the Democratic congresswoman criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, CNN reports.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday and slammed Amazon and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in one fell swoop, according to Business Insider.

  • "If his being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access healthcare ... and on the fact that his workers take food stamps, so I'm paying for him to be a billionaire, I think it's certainly a part of the equation," she said.
  • "When you have a very large workforce and you underpay every single person and then you also participate in taking billions of dollars of government subsidies, that could be part of it."

AOC said Bezos and Amazon should pay more taxes, give up their government subsidies and send people to college by paying their tuition.

Amazon responded twice to AOC since her appearance on "This Week." First, the company sent a statement to Fox Business condemning her comments against Bezos.

  • "These allegations are absurd," the statement reads. "Amazon associates receive industry-leading pay starting at $15 an hour — in fact, hourly associates at our Staten Island facility earn between $17.30 and $23 an hour, plus benefits which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance. On top of these benefits, Amazon pre-pays 95% of continuing education tuition costs through its Career Choice program for associates who want to pursue in-demand careers. For anyone who wants to know what it's like to work in an Amazon fulfillment center, sign up for a tour today."

Amazon News shared a tweet responding to AOC's comments as well.

  • "@AOC is just wrong," the account tweeted. "Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage."

https://twitter.com/amazonnews/status/1140592530150453248

Flashback: Back in November, Ocasio-Cortezcriticized Amazon’s plan to bring a second headquarters to New York City, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the time.
  • A poll later showed that AOC was considered one of the biggest villains in the series of events that led to Amazon not bringing its HQ2 to New York City, according to my reporting for the Deseret News.