Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claps back at people claiming she used ‘fake’ accent

Sophia Ankel
Sunday 07 April 2019 11:00
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From shaming her about not being able to pay DC rent to commenting on her outfit choices, there is no doubt that Republicans and the media are obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

And this time, the 29-year-old congresswoman is being blasted for her accent. Yes, really.

Footage of the New York representative speaking at the National Action Network convention on Friday drew criticism from people who were claiming Ocasio-Cortez was using a "fake African American accent" or a faux "Southern accent" at the convention, which reportedly had an audience made up largely of African Americans.

During her passionate speech, Ocasio-Cortez was reflecting on her days as a "proud" bartender, declaring that there "ain't nothing wrong with that". She continued by saying:

There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy.

There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.

There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America and there is everything dignified about it

But people were not happy about it.

But now the young congresswoman, who has had to defend herself a lot over the last few months, has come out and addressed the comments. Taking to Twitter, she expressed her proud Bronx roots, saying she would never change her accent.

HT Newsweek

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