'They’re just mad we look good doing it': AOC responds to story about the price of her hairstyle

Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. shot back after a story in the conservative Washington Times criticized her for a "high-dollar hairdo." 

"40 million Americans live in poverty under today’s extreme inequality, yet the right-wing want you to blame Democratic socialism for their own moral failures. Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people," wrote Ocasio-Cortez. 

"They're just mad we look good doing it," she added, with the hair-flip emoji.  

She later tweeted another response to the story with criticism of Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a Trump Organization-owned resort in Ireland. 

"Won’t you look at that: Mike Pence used *taxpayer funds* - not personal ones - to spend several thousand haircuts’ worth of public money on a visit to Trump golf courses. I wonder if Republicans care about corruption as much as they care about a woman’s cut & color," she wrote. 

On Wednesday, the Washington Times had published a story quoting "sources familiar" with Ocasio-Cortez's hair salon in Washington, D.C. The article estimated Ocasio-Cortez spent $300 on her haircut, lowlights, and the tip.

“AOC is the Eva Peron of American politics. She preaches socialism while living the life of the privileged,” said Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, to the Washington Times. Manning was making a reference to Argentinian political leader Eva Perón, who served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. 

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Ocasio-Cortez had quoted a tweet from Jacobin, a leftist magazine, about the article. 

"Sad to see democratic socialists like Bernie and @AOC do things like buy winter coats and get haircuts. Don’t they know that real socialists avoid purchasing goods and services?" the magazine's Twitter account said sarcastically. 

Other critics of the article observed the relative pricing of women's haircuts. 

"I regret to inform the Washington Times that women's haircuts are, indeed, unconscionably expensive," said Lawfare Managing Editor Quinta Jurecic.  

"$80 for a women's haircut and $180 for lowlights (likely quarterly) is cheap in a major city tbh, much less if you're on TV every day," observed left-leaning magazine Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffrey. 

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