‘Greedy Jewish Landlords’ Pol Campaigned For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The raucous victory party for congressional giant-killer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez featured a who’s who of progressive New York politics, including actor-turned-gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

It also included a man who has run for office on the platform of fighting “greedy Jewish landlords.”

TV cameras picked out Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who ran unsuccessfully for New York City Council last year and is running again in 2021, standing just behind Ocasio-Cortez when she learned she had toppled 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly took to Twitter to say she has “no idea” who Lopez-Pierre is — and denounce his bigotry.

On his Twitter page, Lopez-Pierre shared footage of him wearing a campaign t-shirt and handing out flyers outside a subway station. He later grabbed a prime spot near Ocasio-Cortez during her victory speech.

While Lopez-Pierre’s recent tweets only mention “Greedy landlords” without reference to religion, he explicitly pointed out in an interview with the Forward on Wednesday that it was Jewish landlords he was fighting against.

“It is their business model to push out black and Hispanic tenants,” he said. He argued that he is not anti-Semitic, claiming that he would be fighting “greedy Martian landlords” if that’s who owned the property in gentrifying neighborhoods like Harlem and Washington Heights.

“I’m dating a number of women, and a number of them are Jewish,” he added.

Lopez-Pierre, who doesn’t live in the district where Ocasio-Cortez won, said that he had been a supporter of her campaign for “over a year,” but did not give donations to her or other local candidates he backs.

“I have to do it quietly because of who I am and because the press will go wild,” he said, possibly overstating his influence on the media. “It would hurt the political campaigns I love and support.”

He said that he did direct friends to donate to her campaign, and volunteered for her for eight hours but “purposefully did not tweet until the media couldn’t do anything about it.”

Lopez-Pierre admits he has never spoken to Ocasio-Cortez. But he pointed out that she did make affordable housing and gentrification a key campaign issue.

“She understands the macroeconomic pain and suffering, [and] that real estate developers have corrupted our elected officials,” he said.

Contact Aiden Pink at pink@forward.com or on Twitter, @aidenpink

Author

Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink is the Deputy News Editor for the Forward. Contact him at pink@forward.com or on Twitter, @aidenpink.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

‘Greedy Jewish Landlords’ Pol Campaigned For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close