Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is going back to bartending again but this time is to promote minimum wage increases.
In a tweet, the political figure called out those who have looked down on the service industry.
“To the silver spoon classists saying they’re going to ‘make AOC bartend again’: You’re in luck! I’ll be bartending in NY-14 this week to promote a national living wage. So there you have it, ya bunch of milk drinkers," she wrote on social media.
The former bartender will serve a few cocktails at a restaurant in her Bronx-Queens district on Friday to promote two laws that would boost wages, including for tipped workers.
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The Latina recently said she was proud of her humble roots as she delivered a speech at the National Action Network convention on Friday.
“I’m proud to be a bartender,” she said. “Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail.”
“There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “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,” the New York Democrat added, “I, in fact, am encouraged when people remind the country of my past, not because of anything about my story, but because it communicates that if I could work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you."