Charlotte Tyler
September 2, 2023

Struggling mother of four responds to AOC's inflation, says congresswoman is 'oblivious'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shared a video in which she referred to inflation as "propaganda," soliciting a response from a mother of four who criticized the lawmaker.

"I'm just wondering how she thinks it's propaganda," Amber Bergeron said Friday on Fox & Friends First, as the network reported online.

"Has she checked her electric bill? Has she looked at the cost of groceries compared to last year? If you get on the Walmart app, she can take a look and see the difference," Bergeron said.

"I'm wondering what her budget is that that's not something that she's concerned about. It's obviously not a worry in her household. It's not something she's having to worry about. But I'm wondering how people can be so oblivious," she added.

The Offending Post

Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez reposted a video from the Aotearoa Liberation League, a New Zealand-based group with the offensive sentiments, to her Instagram Story.

The video acknowledges "the historic and ongoing harms of colonialism," and its mission is "to liberate humans from the industry-driven food myths that compel us to harm our bodies, our whenua, and millions of nonhuman animals."

The video went on to assert that inflation was largely a "propaganda" term by "corporations" looking who are likely looking to avoid fault for high prices.

"The propaganda around inflation and cost of living is so powerful that we forget the very basic fact that corporations set the prices for their products," the video said.

"If a corporation raises its prices and then makes record profits, that's not some invisible monster. It's just a bunch of greedy shareholders," the assertions continued.

The Mother's Response

Bergeron responded to the post, outlining her reality of living under so-called "Bidenomics."

"[It's] not too good, or at least it's not for us over here," she said. "Everything's going up. Our electric bill projected for next month is around $500. Medical costs have gone up. Insurance premiums [are] going up. And usually if you come into an issue and you don't have the money in your reserves, you would go and you would get a loan," she said.

"For instance, if you need to repair your AC, if you need to do any vehicle repairs. But we're actually in a situation where our truck just broke," Bergeron added.

The frustrated mother went on to say, "Well, if you think about it, interest rates are so high right now, it's making the monthly notes impossible. And I know this is something that's typical for a lot of Americans right now, having to worry about these things."

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