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Amazon has hit-out at Congressional newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Democratic peers for creating an unjust hostile 'environment' that led to the withdrawal of their New York headquarters plan.
The online retailer announced on Thursday that they were pulling the plug on their proposal to create a second headquarters in New York's Long-Island City.
Withdrawal - Friday - Amazon - Head - Policy
Speaking out about the withdrawal on Friday, Amazon's head of policy communications, Jodi Seth, pointed blame at Ocasio-Cortez and her anti-Amazon rhetoric.
Seth said it wasn't 'any one incident' but months of vitriolic political discourse - perpetuated by the likes of AOC - that ultimately resulted in the company's decision to look elsewhere for a new branch to its Seattle base.
'It - Environment - Course - Months - Seth
'It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got any better,' Seth told NBC on Friday morning.
'There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan.'
Seth - Amazon - 'If - Alexandria - Ocasio-Cortez
Seth, who has been with Amazon since 2017, added: 'If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon'.'
Ocasio-Cortez had long been a strong opponent to the plans, citing rent hikes and local displacement - as seen around the tech firm's headquarters in Seattle - as grounds for why the city should reject the proposal.
Amazon - Announcement - Thursday - Glee - 'Anything
The 29-year-old responded to Amazon's shocking announcement on Thursday with glee, tweeting: 'Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.'
She opposed the move for its massive tax incentives, previously tweeting such money could be used towards improving the city's crumbling subway system and investing in local communities.
Friday - Seth - Proposal - Amazon
On Friday, Seth said she was 'pretty confident' the proposal would've been approved if Amazon decided to...
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