Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insists 'I still live in my hood' in escalating battle with right-wing media over apartments in DC and the Bronx

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill during a press conference on February 7.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has acknowledged moving apartments in New York City after sustained coverage from various news outlets of her accommodation.
  • The New York Post interviewed former neighbours of Ocasio-Cortez who said they never saw her anymore, appearing to suggest that she was moving away from her roots.
  • “I still live in my hood,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response. A spokesman said the new home was two blocks from her old apartment.
  • Ocasio-Cortez also criticised conservative outlets for publishing details of her home in an upscale area of Washington, DC.
  • Cortez said reporting where she lived was “reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger,” citing a Coast Guard lieutenant who is accused of plotting to attack numerous high-profile Democrats including her.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has insisted that she still “lives in my hood” in response to an escalating war with right-leaning segments of the news media over their scrutiny of where she chooses to live.

In the past two weeks, the New York Post and The Washington Free Beacon have published pieces scrutinizing her living arrangements in New York City and Washington, DC.

On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez defended her choices after the Post ran a story, based on interviews with former neighbours, suggesting she no longer spent much time in the Bronx neighbourhood she represents, a pivotal part of her political persona.

“I still live in my hood and literally instagrammed from my apartment tonight,” she said on Twitter.

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She went on to cite her personal safety for keeping the specifics to herself, saying: “A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me & others, so yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!”

Ocasio-Cortez was most likely referring to Christopher Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested February 15 on suspicion of plotting to attack numerous high-profile Democrats including her.

A spokesman told the Post in a later story that Ocasio-Cortez lived “in the same neighbourhood she’s lived in for years.” He said the new place was a two-bedroom apartment “a block and a half away.”

Ocasio-Cortez also criticised journalists for trying to report where she lived in Washington on February 21, the day after the news of Hasson’s arrest broke.

“Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter,” she tweeted.

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“All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game.”

Ocasio-Cortez was referring to articles published after an earlier report from The Washington Free Beacon. An article published by the outlet on February 13 said she had “moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia’s Navy Yard neighbourhood.” It did not name the building.

The outlet cited suggestions that Ocasio-Cortez could be considered a hypocrite for living in a luxury development while campaigning for affordable housing. Her office rejected the suggestion.

Business Insider has contacted the New York Post and The Washington Free Beacon for comment.

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