It comes as no surprise that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was targeted for flawed logic resulting from a lack of any meaningful experience, but it’s noteworthy to see the freshman lawmaker being called out by the very liberal New York Daily News.
The editorial, titled “Enemy of the Good: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes the Wrong Choice,” took the self-avowed socialist to task for being the only Democrat who voted against the $484 billion coronavirus relief package.
EDITORIAL: AOC claims it’s because the latest relief bill didn’t go far enough.
If everyone said no to each massive package because it didn’t go all the way, we’d all be even deader in the water.https://t.co/SvFBPLZDtj
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 26, 2020
“Not the kind of distinction a rising star legislator should be proud of,” the Daily News wrote.
(You might get an argument on whether AOC’s star is ascending or crashing to earth.)
The bill provided desperately needed money to small businesses and hospitals, among other things — $310 billion earmarked for the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billion reserved for community banks and small lenders; $75 billion tagged for hospitals; $25 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing; and another $60 billion for emergency disaster loans and grants, according to The Hill.
But for Ocasio-Cortez, the measure did not go far enough.
“My concern is that we’re giving away the farm,” the freshman lawmaker said of her opposition. “I cannot go back to my communities and tell them to just wait for CARES four because we have now passed three, four pieces of legislation that’s related to coronavirus. And every time it’s the next one, the next one, the next one, and my constituents are dying.”
Never mind that this bill was one of several already passed, and additional measures are sure to follow.
“AOC claims it’s because the bill didn’t go far enough,” the editorial said. “Yeah: The first aid bill didn’t go far enough. Nor did the second. Nor did the third. The fourth didn’t get there either, but the response to crises happen in steps. If everyone said no to each massive package because it didn’t go all the way, we’d all be even deader in the water.”
“Her terribly wrong vote made her the only Democrat in either the House or Senate siding against any of the four coronavirus bailouts passed since early March,” added the paper.
Of course, this is the same radical Democrat who last week called on the American people to boycott going back to work, believe it or not.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders appeared on “Fox & Friends” to quickly dismantle that inane position, and in the process remind many on the right just how much they miss her biting commentary when it comes to the left.
“This is the same congresswoman who just last week was celebrating the devastation of the oil and gas industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs tied to that because she hoped it would provide momentum for her Green New Deal,” Sanders said.
“This is a also person who may want to go back to her roots and remember that most Americans, unlike those in Congress, have to show up in order to get paid and that they don’t have the luxury of not doing their job and still being able to provide for her family like she does as a member of Congress,” she continued. “There are people who are really hurting. The president is looking for ways to protect them, to help them. She might want to join in that effort instead of putting people down who are struggling and trying to figure out how best to help their families and provide that food.”
Sanders recalled Ocasio-Cortez’s bartender roots to called her lack of understanding “mind-blowing.”
“She might want to go back and remember that when she was a bartender and not a member of Congress she didn’t have that luxury,” she said. “She had to show up to do her job in order to get a paycheck and there are millions of Americans that are like that.”
Sanders said that for many Americans, a paycheck is needed “not just for the money but also their sense of sanity and their ability to be able to get out and do what they do best and that’s work hard because that’s who the American people are.”
“And her totally out of touch lack of understanding of that is just mind-blowing,” she concluded.
Here’s a sampling of online responses that counter the Daily News’ assessment that Ocasio-Cortez is a “rising star.”
She’s a one termer.
— Patrick Mullan 🇺🇸⭐️🇺🇸 (@patrickjmullan) April 26, 2020
She just talks to talk.
— Michael (@Michael_OSUUC) April 26, 2020
How many people have taken the advice of a bartender? Right. Only when you’re drunk.
— David Barkdull (@DBarkdull) April 26, 2020
holy shit I actually agree with the daily news for once.
— No (@omerta982) April 26, 2020
@AOC is such a drama queen. pic.twitter.com/ixBk3kXlZ0
— Rick C (@Bigblue527) April 27, 2020
She has been wrong for 5 years now. Still too green to understand how to get her agenda passed. Anger, bullying and rigidity is a loser in politics. Unless it’s a dictatorship.
— Arriadna😷Stay 🏡 (@Arriadna) April 27, 2020
She’s just trying to stay relevant. Maybe a bar Will hire her after the city reopens.
— S Keeper (medieval minded…) (@greatwall73) April 26, 2020
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