Exchange between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Wells Fargo CEO (C-SPAN)

  • Published on Mar 12, 2019
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.
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  • Noah
    Noah 24 minutes ago

    is this real life?

  • Damian Lara
    Damian Lara 43 minutes ago

    I do not like her one bit.

  • Glitch
    Glitch 46 minutes ago

    Good God, That woman is dumb as a fucking bag of hammers.

  • loganj7238
    loganj7238 Hour ago

    I think this is a pointless line of questioning. Wells Fargo's incentive is to provide loans they can make a return on, not protect the environment directly. They evaluate environmental risks but only to determine the viability of an investment.
    The organization that really had the power to prevent environmental harm is the agency that issued the building permit. They are supposed to establish standards to avoid these events. If the costs to meet these standards are too high Wells Fargo won't invest because it's not viable for them thereby preventing the harm. If the investment is still viable after meeting the standards then it gets funded.
    Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wants to blame the company for following their incentive when the lack of judiciousness in the government standards is what enabled the disaster. Business follow their incentives. Government (ideally) shapes the incentives to prevent externalities. She should be grilling the permit issuers and modifying the environmental standards that apparently were not strict enough.

  • 300Balake _
    300Balake _ Hour ago

    I bet she got slammed when she was a bartender

  • ninuxy
    ninuxy 2 hours ago

    The point she is trying to get across is, if you do risk assessment, and constantly see people who you do business with, and those services you provide to them is vital to the point that their action would not be possible without it, and those actions end up hurting others, then perhaps, either you are doing business with those entities under the guise of knowing their prospective damage to others, or you are just a greedy bastards who only care about the bottom line.

  • Pat M
    Pat M 2 hours ago

    She's such a hack 🤣🤣🤣
    The entertainment her ignorant antics provide almost make it worth the embarrassment that she is actually an elected official 🤦‍♂️

  • Reddinah Redmond
    Reddinah Redmond 5 hours ago

    I adore this woman and abhor the slovenly men that think simply calling her b*** and not finding her attractive (most of these men are slightly south of mule faced themselves) is a debate tactic.

  • Michael Ferngettie
    Michael Ferngettie 6 hours ago

    Keep the fat cats on there toes....

  • Doug Unfunny
    Doug Unfunny 6 hours ago

    she just keeps getting dumber.

  • Mojave Red
    Mojave Red 7 hours ago


  • The Djinn
    The Djinn 7 hours ago

    God, her voice is so annoying!!!!!!! And why do her teeth look like Gary Busey????????

  • Marcela Hunsberger
    Marcela Hunsberger 7 hours ago +3

    So moral of the story is, pass better regulation that would hold financial institutions responsible for the type of people/business they invest in. Oops, I believe they already do that, (SEC, FinCEN, BSA, OCC, FDIC, FRS, NCUA etc.) 🤯 Please Congress, spend more time regulating smaller business or intities who you wish to really hold accountable to the same standards! If I missed the point then I will admit that fact. I didn't like the Congress women's tone in this hearing.

  • Diego Vera
    Diego Vera 7 hours ago

    Its like talking to a Wall... she is making xtreme connections and wants companies to be held responsible for something they arent. This girl is dangerous.

  • XxJayCakesFrenZyXx
    XxJayCakesFrenZyXx 8 hours ago +2

    you knew it was gonna be bad when she started off with "according to an article from The Guardian"...

  • Nick Spiro
    Nick Spiro 8 hours ago +1

    Even the nuts can become a politician????

  • Edgar Lopez
    Edgar Lopez 8 hours ago

    What a joke

  • Aaron Cowley
    Aaron Cowley 9 hours ago +1

    hahaha by her logic she should be jailed for littering becasue she uses the NY city sewer system.

  • Rage 316
    Rage 316 9 hours ago

    That's right AOC. Kick his slimy ass!!!!!!

  • Tanner Elliotte
    Tanner Elliotte 9 hours ago +1

    AOC is a fruit loop. The Dems getting behind people like this is why Trump will unfortunately be re-elected in 2020

    • Closeted Homosapien
      Closeted Homosapien 3 hours ago

      To get rid of the Froot Loops, we have to vote Republican for at least 12 or more years.

  • Orfeo Plus
    Orfeo Plus 9 hours ago

    😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 but I am sure she has V8 vehicle.

  • D J
    D J 10 hours ago

    He should have said "hypothetically, shouldn't you be financially responsible to NY and the 10's of thousands of people who lost out on the Amazon deal because you don't have a basic understanding of how anything works"?

  • Stephen Taber
    Stephen Taber 10 hours ago

    Two pieces of shit. How, can these people be are government or representatives.

  • Pedro Sueta
    Pedro Sueta 10 hours ago

    So that is why she was still a bartender after graduated from college. She probably asked dumb questions during all job interviews.

  • Nico Misuraca
    Nico Misuraca 11 hours ago

    By this logic, every member of the taxpaying American public should be held accountable for the war crimes that our government commits overseas. Our tax dollars directly finance these efforts. Every drone strike should be followed by a "FUCK YOU GRANDMA FOR FUNDING INTERNATIONAL TERROR!"

  • myroc1
    myroc1 11 hours ago

    Makes me curious what kind of risk assessment they did before declining to help clean up. I mean he didn't even phone his risk assessment team before he started backing away from that opportunity.

  • Manny Suarez
    Manny Suarez 11 hours ago

    She seems like she's a bit of a bitch lol at all the nicest of nicest bet she has many friends. I could be wrong lol

  • Shelly gaga
    Shelly gaga 11 hours ago

    I love her

  • Jennifer Wilson
    Jennifer Wilson 11 hours ago

    AOC is an absolute MORON

  • Steven E
    Steven E 11 hours ago +5

    Wow. Alex 'Like so...' Cortes is the dumbest member in Congress.

  • Fritz Westfall
    Fritz Westfall 11 hours ago

    This is legitimately terrifying. Imagine the hazard of making banks take responsibility for their customers actions... not only that but this is suggested by a congressperson that got enough votes by people who think like this to get into office... wow

  • jifferd135
    jifferd135 11 hours ago +1

    So if the bank finances my car, and I cause an accident, the bank should pay for damages?

  • Kristina Melnichenko
    Kristina Melnichenko 12 hours ago

    A risk they’re willing to take because they don’t face the costs! What a Broken system. Great on AOC for making her point clearly and effectively. Free markets are not supposed to be deregulated untaxed corporate orgies.

  • Lemuel Uhuru
    Lemuel Uhuru 12 hours ago

    It's simple, in politics there are no fist fights. You have to use language and slick questioning to get people to make mistakes, misspeak and make statements that could potentially self incriminate, defame, or tarnish themselves or who they represent. Plain speaking allows for easy lies to fly under the radar and doesn't allow viewers to see in all context how the person on trial might respond under pressure. This is why AOC and many other politicians have to resort to these strategic conversational tactics to pin the defense. You people think you're so smart calling career politicians stupid when you just show your inferiority in understanding what just played out.

  • Jubbs _
    Jubbs _ 13 hours ago

    This is the same woman who complained about being described as "sassy". I'm a woman too and she is fucking "sassy". Seriously, her arguments are so petty and stupid and she needs to find real issues instead of asking a bank why they provide loans. She comes off as a bitter millennial.

  • Armus Skinofevil
    Armus Skinofevil 13 hours ago

    She's trying but the stretch is just too far. Better to grill him over the illegal billing

  • Rodney Roque
    Rodney Roque 13 hours ago

    He puts the LOAN in SLOAN

  • denny blalock
    denny blalock 13 hours ago +1

    A serial killer has been caught at his home. Wells Fargo is the mortgage holder. Her logic is that Wells Fargo should be charged with murder

  • Ishrak Hussain
    Ishrak Hussain 13 hours ago

    I will always stand by you my Bronx Sis. From your Brooklyn Bro !

  • Ishrak Hussain
    Ishrak Hussain 13 hours ago

    Ocasio Kicks ass

  • Kevin Linn
    Kevin Linn 13 hours ago

    God, she is so fucking stupid!

  • The College Class
    The College Class 13 hours ago

    I love this lady

  • brunojake099
    brunojake099 13 hours ago +1

    This woman man.. questioning the bank for doing its job?!

    • Myname8315
      Myname8315 12 hours ago

      brunojake099 point she’s trying to get at is to loan responsibly. There are banks out there especially the newer ones that pride themselves on never investing in fossil fuels. Js

  • Steven Human
    Steven Human 13 hours ago

    "I'm not aware... I'm not aware... I'm not aware..." Well okay, then. Dude's not aware. Instead of answering her questions point, he just reinterprets her questions in such a way that he can play dumb. Guess that's one way to absolve yourself of guilt. 🙄

  • Ankur Shah
    Ankur Shah 13 hours ago

    AOC - Dumb, So if my bank loans money to a company or individual who in turn runs a meth lab or murders his family in that home. The bank has to take some or all responsibility?

  • archipelago93
    archipelago93 13 hours ago

    For all the morons like AOC out there: banks lend money. That's their job, period. Not building pipelines or anything else for which they loan money. Her question about pipeline spill liability is analogous to asking if a bank who made a home loan should be liable if a plumber wrongly installed a toilet that flooded said house. What a freaking dumba$$. Her 15 minutes of fame are up.

  • OnlyHope123
    OnlyHope123 14 hours ago

    If you finance a company so they can build a potentially environmentally hazardous pipeline YOU as the financier MUST take responsibility for not recognizing where your money is being invested. Thank you aoc

  • Ashwini Kumar Pathak
    Ashwini Kumar Pathak 14 hours ago

    Damn go girl!!!
    I know you r just a representative but make sure you have all your facts ready so that you can tighten your grip hold on the ballsacks of these douches
    Sorry...they got away with some stuff...
    But you go girl

  • What The Shit Is This
    What The Shit Is This 14 hours ago

    How much pressure is AOC under. How much does she need to prepare for these hearings to not be dismissed like a child or a "stupid broad". Say what you want about her ideas, if more "regular people" had the fuckin balls to step up and run for public office and win we could actually hold these god dam CEOs accountable.

  • Quinn Bailey
    Quinn Bailey 14 hours ago

    She’s asking genuine questions. Don’t need to like her, but could at least respect that she’s making a great point about who should cover the negative externalities of investments in fossil fuel energy and infrastructure (and calling the CEO out for claiming they don’t put profit over people, which as we’ve found out last year is not the case and never will be)

  • Seeit Tobelieveit
    Seeit Tobelieveit 14 hours ago

    Wow - she is brilliant!

  • Cole Murphy
    Cole Murphy 14 hours ago

    if a person has an account with you and their cousin hits a puppy with their car, arent you a puppy killer? lol

  • Colton P
    Colton P 14 hours ago +1

    Wow, shes dumb

  • Questchaun
    Questchaun 15 hours ago

    Wish all representatives were as "stupid" as Republicans think AOC is.

    • Varnce
      Varnce 9 hours ago

      Questchaun at least Democrat’s bc that dumb bitch is the gift that keeps on giving

  • Gavin Gratza
    Gavin Gratza 15 hours ago

    bunch of bootlicking retards here in the comments defending wells fargo

  • Matt Mrock
    Matt Mrock 15 hours ago

    Proof that the monetary system was the downfall of mankind.

  • Angela Branch
    Angela Branch 16 hours ago

    Omar. you dumbass. the pipeline youj mention doesntg exist. and why blame Wells Fargo for oil spills. that like me blaming my mortgage company if I get killed in my house. are you that stupid. please just stop it. cantg you tell a happy fucking story. Can't you stop accusing people of shit they are not doing.

  • Angela Branch
    Angela Branch 16 hours ago

    if you are going to accuse somebody of caging children. have some fucking proof dumbass before opening your mouth. you are only making yourself look stupid.

  • bill Murray
    bill Murray 16 hours ago +9

    Think about this, more people would have worked at the New York amazon plant then voted for her.

  • David Bean
    David Bean 16 hours ago +2

    AOC should be impeached

    • David Bean
      David Bean 3 hours ago

      +username my opinion is that I think she doesn't really understand international issues, I believe she doesn't listen and if something doesn't follow her views of utopia the democrats paint then it is facist. I just think politically she is not strong and does not actually understand local government.

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  • arfift33n
    arfift33n 19 hours ago

    Since she is a former bartender, she needs to take responsibility for all the people who have DUI's because they drive home from her bar

  • RealTakerslady
    RealTakerslady 19 hours ago +6

    Ppl are so dumb, they hate on her so much that they completely miss the point of her line of questioning. Why is your bank financing all this BS??

    • xoxochad
      xoxochad 13 hours ago

      GamerRadar there’s nothing that can validate this bank. They should have gone out of business a long time ago.

    • xoxochad
      xoxochad 13 hours ago

      GamerRadar but if you as a person get a investment/loan and make no money and go bankrupt and also have to declare that you don’t get excused from making payments to your loans (I.e. student loans or any company starter funds or loans in business) then you as a person have to pay it. Why is a bank special? It’s not. Do the work. Pay your shit. No excuses. You say you have a problem with millennials and student loans but knowingly invest in un-American and in humane treatment of people for a supposed business and pay day. You’re out of your mind. This is banks and big rich men literally buying America and enslaving people, going bankrupt and having financial trouble doing so and people validating this. There has been MULITPLE lawsuits against this companies abuse of American people, racism, sexism, and literal law breaking on their improper banking and credit system abuse for over 30 years.

    • GamerRadar
      GamerRadar 14 hours ago

      OH MY GOD A BANK FINANCES THINGS TO MAKE MONEY... guess banks shouldn’t invest in anything at all, get your own financing for your business.

    • xoxochad
      xoxochad 14 hours ago

      RealTakerslady EXACTLY! This isn’t PERSONAL investments it’s a COMPANY/BANK investment... they are responsible for the funds they allocate to certain purposes. Take responsibility. If you personally spend your funds on drugs or anything else illegal were held responsible for that as individuals company’s, banks, and boards of people involved with these places should be held accountable.

  • Bobby H
    Bobby H 20 hours ago

    You vile and pathetic lemmings on the left are disgusting. I support Wells Fargo 200%.

  • Marcel Claros
    Marcel Claros 20 hours ago +3

    Wow she has no understanding of how businesses and banks work. Scary times in US politics.

  • Poosley
    Poosley 20 hours ago +4

    Look at all the snowflakes in chat sensitive to oversight and accountability by someone elected by the people for the people 😂😂😂

  • El Matheus
    El Matheus 20 hours ago

    I cant stand to listen or looking at this cunt. Shes so arrogant, annoying and better knowing yet she doesnt even know what shes talking about most of the time. Some people say she is attractive, i really dont see it. She makes me sick. The fakeness is strong with this one wich doesnt make her less disgusting

  • azcinch
    azcinch 20 hours ago

    What a fucking idiot!!! Hypothetically
    She has got NO clue what she’s talking about. I bet you she can’t pass a pee-pee test 😉

  • Caitlin Powell
    Caitlin Powell 21 hour ago

    AOC is evil and the anti-Christ

  • Dennis Thompson
    Dennis Thompson 21 hour ago

    We should just give all our money to this Cortez lady so she can stop the war on global warming. (sarcasm)

  • Drake Stewart
    Drake Stewart 21 hour ago +1

    She gets paid $170,000 per year to misinterpret how lending works in a economy.

  • Gabiano Coins
    Gabiano Coins 21 hour ago

    She is not white -what is she doing there

  • CNN News ToDay
    CNN News ToDay 21 hour ago +5

    The bank that financed her economics degree should be held accountable as well, then.

    • What The Shit Is This
      What The Shit Is This 14 hours ago +1

      The bank that financed the trailer you live in and troll on the internet from should be held accountable too

  • Mario Balandrano Jr
    Mario Balandrano Jr 21 hour ago

    This is why you do not let kids ask questions.

  • Jish ooof
    Jish ooof 22 hours ago

    So if you finance something and don’t know about it you aren’t responsible? Im pretty sure financing a child internment camp makes you responsible.

  • Manet Cupcake
    Manet Cupcake 22 hours ago +30

    If the bank does an “environmental risk assessment,” then they should pay when the environment is damaged.

    • Kyle Hanson
      Kyle Hanson Hour ago

      No. A bank does an Environmental risk assement to evaluate past spills. It does nothing to predict future contamination. That's what environmental engineers and others do when the pipeline is built. An ERA protects the bank's interest in the property against past contamination detected in the ground.

  • Razorgirl
    Razorgirl 22 hours ago +8

    Watching AOC grill the finance industry is reminiscent to watching McCain grill people.

  • Samuel Files
    Samuel Files 22 hours ago

    Don’t use big words around her, she might not understand

  • Keenan Thomas
    Keenan Thomas 23 hours ago

    Damn, she should’ve used more time on questions and follow-up and less on setting the questions up (context). Every time the bank rep. Answered a question I would’ve followed up with “what are you basing that on” I.E. You believe wellsfargo cares more about people than money? (Yes) “what are you basing that on? I would’ve kept him dancing as opposed to not answering the questions. Can you give “us” an example of wellsfargo putting Americans first? Him: we lent the pipelines money bc we analyzed the data. Me: “what did the data say?” I would’ve kept him dancing separating the facts that had then from his feelings now.

  • BigC
    BigC 23 hours ago

    She asked a legit question. Corp America doesn't give a shit about Americans! This pipeline will destroy the water these people need to live and these banks are all profiting. Wake up America!

  • Robert Ross
    Robert Ross 23 hours ago

    She has got to be the DUMBEST SON OF A BITCH!!!! No disrespect to her mother!!!

  • Jon R
    Jon R 23 hours ago

    I stopped watching when she pulled the liberal shock tactics with "caging children". She wants open borders, she wants your job and your money for someone who she deems more deserving. She is the new Stalin.

  • Cristina Gonzalez
    Cristina Gonzalez 23 hours ago

    Love AOC

  • Christian Barrett
    Christian Barrett 23 hours ago

    The comments illustrate the sheer ignorance of the American people. AOC is asking if you share in the revenue from something through your financing, why are you not also sharing in the losses caused by the thing you financed.

    • Christian Barrett
      Christian Barrett 6 hours ago

      +Will Crozier They willfully invested in something that was well known to cause suffering and they are somehow immune from the consequences. However if I for instance willfully gave someone a get away car for a robbery, or gave them a gun they used in a murder, or in some other way gave them materials required to actively cause harm to another I would be held responsible. So why is a giant financial entity immune from such responsibility?

    • Will Crozier
      Will Crozier 8 hours ago

      Because WF financed the debt, not the equity. Debt shares neither the revenues or the loses.

  • Reuben Johnson
    Reuben Johnson 23 hours ago +1

    People like AOC make me see the upside of domestic abuse.

  • Lavender Ocean
    Lavender Ocean Day ago

    ur good, better than 80% of the population, keep failing, keep growing, time moves forward not backward, and it is on your side.

    • Desmond K
      Desmond K Day ago

      Lavender Ocean better than 80% of the population? Yikes

  • moparmon
    moparmon Day ago

    ladies and gentlemen and transgenders, I present you President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • test
    test Day ago

    She seems to have already made her mind that wells Fargo is evil. It is also clearly apparent that she has no concept of how businesses and especially financial businesses are run. Investors strive to make a return and analyze all the angles to get to that.

  • Juaneeo Bonilla
    Juaneeo Bonilla Day ago

    I love her!!!

  • Corey Patrick
    Corey Patrick Day ago

    Now the left says you’re a criminal if you do business with customers that have different political views than theirs.

  • Tanner Adams
    Tanner Adams Day ago +1

    So guys, dude rear ended me and Wells Fargo financed his auto loan. Should I sue them or go after him individually?

    • Luke Smith
      Luke Smith 18 hours ago

      Wells Fargo didn't perform a risk assessment they deemed environmentally safe here... hmm, seems different.

  • Eric Pelote
    Eric Pelote Day ago

    Washington is a place of smoke and mirrors , she's coming in swinging a bat !!! When people are fed bs for so long , they can't see when someones not playing to old two step and assume they are upsetting the establishment which they should

  • Solrac Serolf
    Solrac Serolf Day ago +3

    She might not be able to bar-be-que but she can sure grill....

  • Jake Spaid
    Jake Spaid Day ago +16

    People are actually defending Wells Fargo.. people in this country are brainwashed I swear.

    • Falcons8455
      Falcons8455 23 hours ago +3

      I think ppl are more seeing how ridiculous this woman is

  • J F
    J F Day ago +20

    SNL needs to spoof this, finally the Democrats have someone that can provide as much comedy gold as Trump lol.

    • NeoFryBoy
      NeoFryBoy 14 hours ago

      I think you missed the point at the end, JF.

    • Questchaun
      Questchaun 15 hours ago

      Everyday Wells Fargo denies mortgages everyday based on high risk. This pipe line? Fuck it why not?! It's not like pipe lines leak or something. The amount of support Republicans give to cooperations is astounding. Then they turn around and shit on Americans rights. But at least a basement boi felt like he "owned a lib"

    • Luke Smith
      Luke Smith 18 hours ago

      What? One is a politician, the other is a moron in the largest position of power. Nothing will be as funny as a guy who likes both halves of the bible equally and won't quote his favorite verse because it's "personal", spelled hamberders and then served a garbage meal to players, covfefe, "Nancy as I call her", it would be funny if he didn't sound like my grandfather in his early stages of dementia.

    • Mike Guo
      Mike Guo Day ago +2

      i thought this was the spoof.

  • Jesus SavesUS
    Jesus SavesUS Day ago +2

    Remember guys, corporations are individuals just like you! Not subsidized or bailed out by tax payers! Just people like you!

    • Logan Featherstone
      Logan Featherstone 20 hours ago

      False, banks are bailed out all the time by the Tax payer and most major corporations pay virtually no taxes on gains

  • Johnny Knocksville

    She’s an idiot

  • Joseph Jackson
    Joseph Jackson Day ago

    Jesus this chick is dumb af

  • Sara Lynn
    Sara Lynn Day ago +12

    Why does she ask him questions if she doesn’t allow him to answer?!

    • Sara Lynn
      Sara Lynn 11 hours ago +1

      Gabriel Z. Then she should stop making sarcastic comments and dragging on her words. I get it, it’s annoying when they try to stall, but she cuts him off because he’s not saying what she wants to hear. And I don’t even think he’s trying to stall, he has a genuine look of confusion. Kind of like “are you kidding me right now?!”

    • T Clark
      T Clark 19 hours ago

      Its called grandstanding. Ask Kamala Harris & Liz Warren about it....

    • Gabriel Z.
      Gabriel Z. 23 hours ago

      She only has 5 minutes. I get frustrated as well when they are cut short.

  • Snapp3d
    Snapp3d Day ago

    This poor poor girl

  • Sigmund Q. Freud

    Money grows on trees... Why do you think banks have branches... -AOC