Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defended her decision to attend the exclusive Met Gala on Monday night amid a social media backlash.

The congresswoman drew criticism from many, including several high-profile Republicans, who pointed out the dichotomy between the message emblazoned on her dress, "Tax the Rich," and the event's reported $30,000-a-head price tag.

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE Jr. was among those who slammed Ocasio-Cortez, referring to her as a "fraud" on Twitter.

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Other GOP figures who took aim at the congresswoman with similar sentiments include Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (R-Texas) and California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder.

Ocasio-Cortez explained why she attended the high-profile event and the significance of her gown choice in Instagram and Twitter posts.

"BEFORE anybody starts wilding out - NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public," she wrote. "I was one of several in attendance."

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She added that the dress, created by Brother Vellies, was borrowed.

"The Met is known for its spectacle, we should have a conversation about it," she said.

Among the other New York politicians in attendance Monday night were Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Tracking the Earth's 'ultimate record of change' Brooklyn-based cleantech startup bringing rooftop Wi-Fi to 100,000 Bronx residents Federal appeals court blocks NYC teacher vaccine mandate MORE (D) and Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — EU calls out Russian hacking efforts aimed at member states House lawmakers ask Cyber Ninjas CEO to testify on Arizona audit House Oversight demands answers on CBP's treatment of Haitian migrants MORE (D), who also seized upon the opportunity to share a political message with her gown, an ode to women's equality.