AOC Calls Out Chase Bank for #MondayMotivation Tweet Shaming Struggling Americans: ‘Heinous’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Chase Bank for a tweet she says shamed poor people struggling to pay their bills.
AOC was referring to an unfortunate #MondayMotivation tweet Chase sent out featuring a ‘bank account’ snarkily advising a person not to spend money.
AOC was not impressed.
“The myth that bad credit or struggling w bills = irresponsibility is a heinous myth. Paying people less than what’s needed to live is what’s actually irresponsible,” she wrote.
AOC added: “GDP + costs are rising, wages are not. That doesn’t mean YOU’RE bad. It means working people are set up to fail.”
She continued on: “It’s a big part of what makes this Chase tweet so bad. It’s the idea that if you choose to have any expense beyond mere animalistic survival – an iced coffee, a cab after a 18hr shift on your feet – you deserve suffering, eviction, or skipped medicine. You don’t. Nobody does.”
It’s a big part of what makes this Chase tweet so bad.
It’s the idea that if you choose to have any expense beyond mere animalistic survival – an iced coffee, a cab after a 18hr shift on your feet – you deserve suffering, eviction, or skipped medicine.
You don’t. Nobody does. pic.twitter.com/XKo6ayPfRJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2019
The freshman Congresswoman, while late to the party, was not alone in her criticism of Chase.
2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren also panned the mega-bank.
.@Chase: why aren’t customers saving money?
Taxpayers: we lost our jobs/homes/savings but gave you a $25b bailout
Workers: employers don’t pay living wages
Economists: rising costs + stagnant wages = 0 savings
Chase: guess we’ll never know
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 29, 2019
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) April 29, 2019
Chase eventually took the tweet down and replaced it with this:
— Chase (@Chase) April 29, 2019
While it is not entirely clear why AOC waited until today to call Chase Bank out, Axios noted it may have something with this: “Her public condemnation follows the introduction of a bill that she and 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday to prevent credit card interest rates from rising above 15% and capping consumer loans.”
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