New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a frequent target of conservatives since taking office in January, generally facing accusations of socialism or communism over her various progressive policy ideas.
The latest target is Ocasio-Cortez’s guaranteed jobs program, which presidential daughter Ivanka Trump suggested would be insulting to Americans, according to Newsweek.
Speaking with Fox News’ Steve Hilton, Trump said she believes most Americans are opposed to having anything — including jobs — handed to them.
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get,” Newsweek quoted Trump as saying.
She then added that Americans want the “ability to secure a job” but implied that job security is not on their radar:
“So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there’s the potential for upward mobility,” Trump added.
Conservatives have cast progressive Democrats’ agenda as “radical,” pitting their own version of capitalism against the movement of Democratic Socialism, which has picked up steam since Senator Bernie Sanders entered the 2016 presidential race.
Asked about that stark difference heading into the 2020 presidential election, Trump said she believes Americans will respond to her father’s economic policies, which she said have left America “doing very well.”
“So, as an American, families sitting down and thinking about their financial situation relative to a month ago or a year ago, America is doing very well and it stands in quite sharp contrast to the rest of the world. So, not only are we doing well, much of the world has slowed down in terms of the pace of their growth.”