Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Compares Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin College Admission Scandal to Politics 'Where Lots of Money Can Buy Your Spot Too'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the college admissions process to that of politics in light of the latest university scandal involving actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and several others. Huffman and Loughlin were among 40 individuals implicated in "Operation Varsity Blues," an indictment spawned by parents paying millions in bribe money to help their children get access into some of the country's most elite universities.

Ocasio-Cortez shared her take on the scandal on Tuesday and suggested parents' using their wealth to secure their children's college spot was similar to that of politicians running for office.

"I guess college admissions isn't that different from elections, where lots of money can buy your spot too," the New York Representative wrote. "Also an enviro where those who make it despite the odds are suspected to not have 'earned' it, not truly belong, or assumed to not be able to perform at the same level."

Ocasio-Cortez's remarks were in response to tweets noting the many ways wealthy people manipulated the U.S. educational system for their children's benefit while constantly disparaging affirmative action, which aims to provide equal educational access to people of color and underrepresented groups that are typically overlooked by leading colleges like those listed in the indictment including Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California (USC).

Thirteen individuals cited in the indictment were arrested, including Huffman, on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, Loughlin had not yet turned herself in but was expected to appear in court on Wednesday as she was reportedly working outside the country at the time of the indictment, according to NBC News.

Huffman, Loughlin and several others named in the indictment were accused of paying off coaches and college admission workers to guarantee students' admission. Many of the people worked with William "Rick" Singer, founder of college prep business Edge College & Career Network, to funnel more than $25 million to coaches and university administrators as bribes for student recruitment on college sports teams regardless of their athletic ability.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly worked with Singer to pay USC $500,000 to recruit her daughters to the university's crew team, despite neither of them being rowers. Meanwhile, Huffman was accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for making a $15,000 charitable payment in the scheme.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Compares Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin College Admission Scandal to Politics 'Where Lots of Money Can Buy Your Spot Too' | Culture