US. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., faced a backlash on Friday after appearing to develop a new accent in a predominantly black crowd in New York.
Appearing at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton National Action Network, the freshman Congressman, responded to those who had claimed their previous employment as a bartender in an attempt to delegitimize their status as elected officials.
"I'm proud to be a bartender. There's nothing wrong with that, "said Ocasio-Cortez. "There is nothing wrong with retailing and folding clothes that other people can buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that bring your family to work. There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America, and that's all in dignity. "
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ PROMOTES 'ANTI-CAPITALIST' STREAMING SERVICE
" I'm proud to be a bartender. There is nothing wrong with that.
She added that she feels "encouraged" to remind her of her past. If she can "work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you."
However, many on Twitter said they had discovered that Ocasio-Cortez seemed to be talking about a different "accent". "
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. Some even compared the self-described democratic socialists with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose dialect also seemed to shift in the election campaign to various audiences.
Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitter to answer the criticism by pointing out her education in the Bronx and explaining that she speaks differently when she is "cheered".
"As much as the rights distort and distract, I'm from the Bronx. I act and talk like that, especially when I'm fired and especially when I'm at home, "Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "It's so painful to see how every aspect of my life is geared up against me, but at the same time labeled as wrong."