AOC's $58 'Tax the Rich' Sweatshirt Gets Ridiculed Mercilessly: 'You're Overcharging the Stupid'

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a new set of merchandise on her campaign website on Wednesday. The set included three T-shirts and one navy blue sweatshirt with the slogan "Tax the Rich" written across the chest in bold white letters.

With the sweatshirt's hefty price tag of $58 a pop, many took to Twitter to ridicule the New York congresswoman. The sweatshirt was originally listed at $65 but has since been discounted. Purchases made on the site contribute to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.

"At $58.00 for a sweatshirt, you're not taxing the rich, you're overcharging the stupid," said Darryl K in a December 2 tweet replying to Ocasio-Cortez.

At $58.00 for a sweatshirt, you're not taxing the rich, you're overcharging the stupid.

— Darryl K 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲 (@keetondg) December 3, 2020

"The 'Tax the Rich' sweatshirt cost 58 dollars. Holy S***," said Twitter user CJW.

"Nothing says 'I fight for the little guy' like charging $65 for a sweatshirt," wrote Daniel Tobin.

Nothing says "I fight for the little guy" like charging $65 for a sweatshirt. pic.twitter.com/EV1hAVgeGR

— Dan 🇺🇸 (@danieltobin) December 2, 2020

In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez proposed a tax increase for multimillionaires to pay for the Green New Deal, progressive Democrats' environmental plan, which has been criticized by conservatives for costing nearly $93 trillion.

The representative noted that countries like Sweden have a 70 percent tax on those with an income above $10 million.

The slogan "Tax the rich" comes from progressive Democrats' proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for social programs.

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New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shown campaigning on June 23 in the Bronx, is selling $58 sweatshirts on her campaign website. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/Getty

Others said that Ocasio-Cortez, who has repeatedly been called a socialist by conservatives for her progressive beliefs, was using capitalist tactics to sell her agenda.

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hypocritical trash. Women, wake up. Using Capitalism to sell Socialism is PEAK 2020 Democratic Energy," said Twitter user letsgetkraken.

@AOC is hypocritical trash. Women, wake up. Using Capitalism to sell Socialism is PEAK 2020 Democratic Energy. #StopTheSteaI #Socialism https://t.co/cU6cKZudfX

— letsgetkraken (@elephanteye00) December 3, 2020

Another Twitter user bluntly called the congresswoman an "idiot" and compared the sweatshirts to "rags."

"I have seen it all from IDIOT Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! I am sure people are lining up for your RAGS," wrote Les_Med.

I have seen it all from IDIOT @AOC! I am sure people are lining up for your RAGS! https://t.co/LK3r69FdbM

— 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙🇺🇸 (@Les__Med) December 3, 2020

Ocasio-Cortez said in a December 2 tweet that all her merchandise was ethically produced, which could explain the sweatshirt's high price. "As always, made in the U.S. with dignified, union jobs paying living wages," she wrote in a reply to the listed merchandise.

In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, she said, "Republicans are freaking out because we don't use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing."

She continued, "But what's the difference between Trump's merch and ours? Ours is made in the U.S."

Republicans are freaking out bc we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds grassroots organizing.

But what’s the difference between Trump’s merch and ours?

Ours is made in the US. 🇺🇸

(& for GOP who joke that we shld give 👕 for free, we actually do - just volunteer 😉) https://t.co/35DnbFYQyC

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 3, 2020

According to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign website, "100% of our products are proudly made in the USA and union printed."

Others took to Twitter to support the representative's claim that the hefty price was standard for ethically made clothing in the U.S. "$65 is a standard price for an ethically sourced piece of clothing," said a Twitter user called screaming into the void.

$65 is a standard price for an ethically sourced piece of clothing. It’s still ugly tho lol https://t.co/aFs5V7W0ni

— screaming into the void (@inurheadlikepcp) December 3, 2020

"These were made in the U.S. by unionized workers who are paid living wages, that sounds like supporting the little guy to me," wrote brubo.

these were made in the US by unionized workers who are paid living wages, thats sounds like supporting the little guy to me

— brubo (@brungini) December 3, 2020

Newsweek reached out to Ocasio-Cortez for comment but did not near back in time for publication.