NY Dem Congresswoman Goes Off on Opposition to Amazon HQ2: ‘Now We’re Protesting Jobs?’

Carolyn Maloney, the New York Democrat who represents the district Amazon was planning to build a headquarters in, made it clear last night she’s not happy with the pushback that resulted in Amazon’s reversal, particularly from fellow Democrats.

Amazon scrapped its HQ2 plans and lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are being blamed for their very public opposition.

Last night, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Maloney about Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats celebrating the decision.

“My constituents want jobs,” Maloney said. She talked about the job opportunities that would’ve been available to New Yorkers and told Burnett, “It used to be that we would protest wars. Now we’re protesting jobs?!”

“If this had gone through, it would have made, overnight, New York City the hi-tech capital of the East Coast,” she added.

Burnett went back to how Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives in the Democratic party were very critical of the move. “I’m a progressive too, but I’m pragmatic,” Maloney responded.

You can watch above, via CNN.

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