Ocasio-Cortez chides Bezos after space launch: 'Amazon workers did pay for this'

Ocasio-Cortez chides Bezos after space launch: 'Amazon workers did pay for this'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday lashed out at Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosWhy Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Climate change turning US into coffee country Foundations pledge billion in record funding for biodiversity MORE, alluding to the poor conditions of his employees after he thanked workers and customers upon return from space launch.

After returning after a short space flight in the morning, Bezos thanked Amazon customers and employees at a post-launch briefing.

"I also want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all of this," he said.


Ocasio-Cortez shot back at the Blue Origin founder on Twitter.

"Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this," she said. "With lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic."

Ocasio-Cortez noted that customers are paying for the flight by "Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business."

Amazon and its founder have faced heavy criticism as the company has been accused of unfair labor practices over the years, particularly during the ongoing pandemic. In April, the company illegally fired two workers after they were publicly criticizing the company. The case is just one of many allegations against the corporation. 

The company has consistently denied any allegations of poor working conditions and wages.