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Ocasio-Cortez rips Fox News for cracking 'jokes' about her finances: It shows what they really think of working-class people

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tore into Fox News hosts on Friday for "gleefully" cracking jokes about her finances, saying that the hosts' comments revealed what their thoughts about working-class people.

Ocasio-Cortez revealed on Thursday that she will need to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she can afford to rent an apartment in D.C.

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A Fox News panel laughed on Friday as they discussed the incoming freshman lawmaker's finances. 

The panel agreed that the cost of living in the Washington, D.C., metro area is one of the highest in the nation, adding that other lawmakers might face the same issue. 

Fox News contributor Judy Miller claimed that Ocasio-Cortez’s admission was a political move her base would love.

“I think what she’s talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power and a little, simple person like her from New York can’t find a place to live,” Miller said. “It is a brilliant political line."

Anchor Ed Henry claimed that the designer clothes Ocasio-Cortez wore during photoshoots following her primary victory could have been spent on living expenses. 

“She had these multithousand-dollar outfits that could pay a month’s rent in Washington D.C.,” he said.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, saying it was “very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people.” 

"It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis," Ocasio-Cortez added in a second tweet. 

The future congresswoman said she never purchased the expensive clothes borrowed for her photo shoots and hit at the anchors who mispronounced her name several times throughout the segment. 

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who on Tuesday became the youngest woman in history elected to Congress, worked as a bartender before pulling off a stunning defeat of top incumbent Democrat Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) in the primary election in June.

There are three months between her general election victory and when she is sworn in as a congressional member, meaning she will not make a salary for that time period. 

Ocasio-Cortez said she saved some money before leaving her job at a restaurant and had planned accordingly with her partner.

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January," she told The New York Times in an interview.