Donald Trump Jr. ripped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally for his father in Michigan where the crowd broke out chanting “AOC sucks!”
Trump Jr. warmed up the crowd before President Donald Trump took the stage at the event Thursday in Grand Rapids, his first major rally since Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report indicated he had not colluded with Russia in the 2016 election campaign.
At one point during his speech, Trump Jr. turned his attention to the New York congresswoman, mocking her party for shifting to the left as they follow her lead.
“Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government,” Trump Jr. said.
“I don’t know about you guys, but that’s pretty scary,” he added as the crowd reacted.
A chant of “AOC sucks” soon broke out which prompted a grin and mock rebuke from the president’s eldest son.
“You guys, you’re not very nice” he joked.
“And neither is what that policy would do to this country,” he added, apparently referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” which faced an epic vote failure in the Senate earlier this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the vote in hopes of forcing Democrats to go on the record with their stand on the sweeping environmental and economic bill. They responded by displaying their hypocrisy in not even having the courage to vote “nay” on the climate change proposal they championed, with 43 of them just voting “present” as even 2020 contenders failed to rise to the challenge.
Before Trump’s rally, Ocasio-Cortez had blasted what she called a “far-right propaganda machine” which she accused of “maligning” her and “stoking national division.”
It’s almost as though there is a directed + concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking nat’l division, reported on by @JaneMayerNYer or something https://t.co/HChBp04c8W
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2019
When the president took the stage at Thursday’s rally, he eventually found a moment to also slam the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist and her failed legislation which aimed at creating an economy based on 100 percent renewable energy within 10 years.
“I love campaigning against the Green New Deal,” Trump said. “One car per family — you’re going to love that in Michigan.”
Criticism of Ocasio-Cortez leveled by the president and Republicans, coupled with controversies involving campaign ethics and ignorant gaffes by the freshman congresswoman, have apparently taken a toll.
A recent poll published by Quinnipiac University showed 36 percent of those responding had a negative opinion of her, with 23 percent giving her a favorable rating as 38 percent said they didn’t even know enough about her to have an opinion.
Those who indicated they didn’t have enough information to form an opinion of the progressive lawmaker, even as her face graced the cover of Time magazine’s April issue, included 23 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats.
Not surprisingly, those in Ocasio-Cortez’s own 18-34 age group gave her the highest favorable rating of 35 percent, while 23 percent of millennials viewed the 29-year-old as unfavorable. In that group, 41 percent said they had not heard enough about her to have an opinion.
Thought this bit on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the latest Quinnipiac poll on the 2020 Dem primaries was interesting.
– Most white men said they have an unfavorable opinion of her.
– Most black and Hispanic men and women said they haven’t heard enough about her. pic.twitter.com/OasW72LU4A
— Arif Rafiq (@ArifCRafiq) March 28, 2019
“All is definitely not A-OK for AOC. Most voters either don’t like the firebrand freshman congresswoman or don’t know who she is,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, said.
Republican respondents clearly sided with Trump in their view of Ocasio-Cortez, giving her a 74 percent unfavorable rating and only a 2 percent favorable rating while 23 percent indicated they did not know enough about her.
In a question about whether the congresswoman is good for the Democratic Party, 33 percent of those surveyed had a positive response with 57 percent of Democrats indicting she was. But 73 percent of Republicans were clear that the progressive darling is actually bad for Democrats.
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