GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.) said a Trump-supporting singer was "first" in red-carpet political statements after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision New Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE (D-N.Y.) wore a dress with the message "tax the rich" emblazoned on the back to the Met Gala on Monday.
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly wore the dress as a dig at singer Joy Villa, whose controversial “Make America Great Again” dress and “Build the Wall” dress at the Grammys in 2017 and 2019 left an impression.
Villa quote-tweeted a New York Times story with a picture of Ocasio-Cortez and designer Aurora James, who loaned the representative the dress. Villa sarcastically wrote, "This reminds me of something...political statement dresses...I can’t quite put my finger on it."
Greene later quoted the tweet, praising Villa for her previous dresses, saying she was "first."
"Perfect embodiment of an American woman who loves her country and America First!" she said.
Ocasio-Cortez's fashion statement comes as Democrats debate how much to boost corporate and wealth taxes to fund their $3.5 trillion social spending package.
"Fashion is changing, America is changing," James said. "And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowered future."