Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Billionaires Need To 'Give Up Control And Power'

Tyler MacDonald

Speaking at the Human Rights: MLK Now 2020 in Harlem's Riverside Church on Monday, New York City Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about her belief that billionaires must give up their power in the name of ethics, Breitbart reports.

"If Jeff Bezos wants to be a good person, you turn Amazon into a worker cooperative," she said.

"You know, like what do I do with all this money that I have created with this unjust system?"

"It means that you own oil supplies. It means that you control textiles. It means that you have a massive labor force under your control," she continued.

"And to be ethical, if you're a billionaire today, the thing that you need to do is give up control and power. So I don't want your money as much as we want your power. The people. Not me."

Despite her belief that the current Democratic Party is not progressive enough, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that there are some members who have joined her movement to push the party left along with Sanders.

While Democratic insiders are reportedly angry at Ocasio-Cortez's decision to take a stand against the Democratic establishment, she noted that she has helped raise more than $300,000 for the party during her tenure. Notably, the freshman congresswoman outperformed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with her third-quarter fundraising, taking in $1.4 million through her grassroots campaign. Comparatively, Pelosi — known for her consistent fundraising — took in $1.26 million.

Pelosi has clashed with Ocasio-Cortez, as well as fellow progressive congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, who are collectively known as The Squad.