Ocasio-Cortez on Schultz: Why are billionaires who want to run for president never told to ‘work their way up’?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMan raises over 0K to purchase and donate Goya products after calls for boycott Huckabee rips Ocasio-Cortez over 'astonishing' remarks about uptick in NYC crime Black voters: We need all of them MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday ripped former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz over his possible independent presidential bid, suggesting his lack of political experience pointed to a double standard.

“Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first’?” the 29-year-old congresswoman tweeted.

The freshman lawmaker was referencing criticism she received during her House campaign last year that she should have aspired to a more local position before running for federal office.

Schultz, the son of a truck driver who lived in a housing project, became a billionaire from his time at the helm of Starbucks. He has never held political office before, though has flirted with a potential political run in recent years.

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The former CEO angered Democrats on Sunday when he announced he was “seriously considering” an independent presidential campaign in 2020, sparking concerns he could siphon off Democratic votes and help President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE win reelection. Schultz cast his potential bid as a home for moderate voters who feel alienated by both parties. 

“It’s far two extremes on both sides and the silent majority of America does not have a voice, and that’s the voice I want to give,” he said Tuesday morning.

He’s since sparked feuds with progressives and a few presidential candidates after he criticized some of their policies.

He attacked Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to impose a 70 percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million, slammed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE’s (D-Calif.) plan for "Medicare for all" as “not American” and said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE’s (D-Mass.) plan for a special 2 percent annual tax on Americans whose net worth exceeds $50 billion was “ridiculous.”

Some have responded that Schultz is using his wealth to buy his way onto the presidential ticket in 2020 without having to face a primary challenge.