AOC: Paying for Rent is “Extortion!”

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Progressives are very upfront about their interests in bold reform. Some of the most common, bold reforms which progressives advocate for include the Green New Deal, free college, free healthcare, absolution from student loan debt and more. The policies which progressives support are regularly censured as radical and unrealistic by the right wing.

Earlier this week, House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out about additional reform which she views as necessary. The congresswoman opined that having to pay for rent serves as extortion; she also followed up by claiming that Americans have a “right” to housing in the United States.

Why Does Ocasio-Cortez Believe that Housing is a Right?

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez stated that Americans cannot thrive without access to housing. This is something which many people can agree with; however, the assertion that housing is a “right” is where the controversy comes. Due to the importance of housing, the congresswoman stated that Americans are spending too much on rent and furthermore branded high rent prices as “extortion.”