Tucker Carlson backs Ocasio-Cortez on criticism of Amazon HQ2 incentives: ‘World’s richest man’ Bezos just got $2B from taxpayers

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson says Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) “has a very good point” in criticizing Amazon for receiving taxpayer subsidies for its new headquarters, asking, “How does that work?”

Carlson admitted on his prime-time program late Tuesday that while he hated “to admit it,” he agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s perspective.

“Jeff Bezos, who is the world’s richest man, will receive more than $2 billion in subsidies from you, the taxpayer,” he stated. “New Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had this to say: ‘Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax rates at a time when a subway is crumbling in our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.’”

{mosads}”I hate to admit it, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point,” Carlson continued. “It’s hard to argue with the internal logic, the richest man in the world just got $2 billion in taxpayer subsidies. How does that work?”

The anomalous agreement between the conservative host and the newly elected democratic socialist comes after Amazon announced Monday it had chosen Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York City, and the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., as the sites of a new split headquarters. Amazon is owned by the richest man on the planet, Jeff Bezos, who is ranked No. 1 on Forbes’s annual list, ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The retail giant became only the second company to hit $1 trillion in market capitalization, after Apple achieved the mark in August.

Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter that the residents she represents have expressed “outrage” over the tax breaks Amazon will receive as part of the incentive to move to Queens while arguing that the company is receiving money while the city’s subway “is crumbling.”


Ocasio-Cortez, 29, stunned the political world earlier this year after upsetting 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Disitrct.

The former bartender, who was a volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, has since catapulted into the national spotlight by doing several national media interviews per week. 

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