28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken the mainstream media by storm after her surprise upset of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the New York primaries last month.
The “Democratic” Socialist is a favorite of the mainstream media, who can’t get enough of her poorly-defined progressive politics and inspiring one-liners about America’s need to give free things to everyone.
She’s relied heavily upon her “girl from the Bronx” image, but not long after her surprise victory, journalists discovered she had not, in fact, spent much of her childhood in the Bronx.
“I was born in a place where your Zip code determines your destiny,” she is fond of saying, although she does not make mention of which zip code she actually grew up in.
As The Blaze explains:
According to the New York Times, it’s true Ocasio-Cortez was born into the doldrums of the Bronx. However, at the ripe age of 5, Ocasio-Cortez’s late father, Sergio Ocasio, an architect, moved her family an hour north to Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb of New York City in Westchester County.
Yorktown Heights, ironically, is the opposite of the Bronx. In a 1999 New York Times profile of Yorktown Heights, the town supervisor described it as “a folksy area where people can come, kick off their shoes, wander around, sit in a cafe, listen to a concert in the park, or go to the theater.” Ocasio-Cortez would have been about 10 years old at the time.
While she has stuck by her story that her family was working class despite living in this affluent area most of her life, it appears it may have ruffled her feathers more than she’d like to admit.
The Blaze reports that she appears to have quietly changed her biography on her campaign website according to these revelations:
As the Journal News noted, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign biography originally stated: “She ended up attending public school 40 minutes north in Yorktown, and much of her life was defined by the 40-minute commute between school and her family in the Bronx.”
The website biography has since been updated, but it still doesn’t explicitly state that Ocasio-Cortez’s move to Westchester County was permanent.
“She ended up attending public school in Yorktown — 40 minutes north of her birthplace. As a result, much of her early life was spent in transit between her tight-knit extended family in the Bronx and her daily student life” the bio now reads.
Either way, seems pretty dishonest to me.