Squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting hammered over a tweet that fixates on the racial makeup of the bipartisan group of senators who are advancing the infrastructure bill rather than the merits of the legislation.
While some politicos on both sides of the aisle praised the bill’s movement, Ocasio-Cortez saw only a lack of diversity. President Joe Biden called the day “historic” but that is not the way the New York congresswoman and Squad member put it.
“A lot of times, ‘bipartisan agreements’ are just as defined by who people in power agree to exclude than include,” she tweeted. The still frame of the senators in the group is from an MSNBC report.
Viewing everything through a racial lens, both Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Squad member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) slammed the lack of diversity in the infrastructure group. Bush tweeted, “Is this the Bipartisan Infrastructure Group or the audience at a Kid Rock concert? #NegotiationsSoWhite.”
Predictably, Ocasio-Cortez supporters praised her stance proclaiming that white politicians don’t get the issues that are facing minority communities. But her detractors took her to task for racially profiling supporters of the bill rather than focusing on the positive aspects of the legislation.
A lot of times, “bipartisan agreements” are just as defined by who people in power agree to exclude than include. pic.twitter.com/9o4y3j60fD
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 29, 2021
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 28, 2021
“This from AOC, by the way, is not an argument,” Mark Hemingway, who is a senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, tweeted. “It is pure ad hominem that says nothing about the bill or its merits. A healthy culture would repudiate her for judging legislation solely by the skin color of the people supporting it.”
Others wondered exactly who was excluded from the group and why.
“The diversity of this ‘bipartisan coalition’ pretty perfectly conveys which communities get centered and which get left behind when leaders prioritize bipartisan dealmaking over inclusive lawmaking (which prioritizes delivering the most impact possible for the most people),” Ocasio-Cortez previously tweeted.
The diversity of this “bipartisan coalition” pretty perfectly conveys which communities get centered and which get left behind when leaders prioritize bipartisan dealmaking over inclusive lawmaking (which prioritizes delivering the most impact possible for the most people) https://t.co/U6bqd9o51C
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 24, 2021
“This is why a bipartisan pkg alone isn’t acceptable. The exclusion & denial of our communities is what DC bipartisan deals require. That’s how you get GOP on board : don’t do much/any for the working class & low income,or women, or poc communities, or unions,etc. We must do more,” she proclaimed.
This is why a bipartisan pkg alone isn’t acceptable. The exclusion & denial of our communities is what DC bipartisan deals require. That’s how you get GOP on board : don’t do much/any for the working class & low income,or women, or poc communities, or unions,etc. We must do more.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 24, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez has strongly rebuked the infrastructure plan as not going far enough on climate change. Earlier in July, she claimed that progressives will “tank” the bipartisan infrastructure bill if Democrats don’t also pass a $3.5 trillion spending package that contains provisions that address climate change, jobs, and other liberal items on the Democrats’ wishlist.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to back the young progressive on her demands saying that the House will not take up a vote on the infrastructure bill unless the other massive spending package is passed in the Senate as well.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 26, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez is also going after those in her own party who aren’t fully supporting both bills.
She specifically singled out Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for not supporting her party’s push to shove the larger bill through. Sinema has an issue with the $3.5 trillion price tag.
“After reviewing the Senate Budget Committee’s outline, I have told Senate leadership and President Biden that I support many of the goals in this proposal to continue creating jobs, growing American competitiveness, and expanding economic opportunities for Arizonans,” Sinema said in a statement. “I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion – and in the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead.”
“Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you’ll survive a 3 vote House margin – especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations and calling that a ‘bipartisan accomplishment,'” Ocasio-Cortez bitterly tweeted.
Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you’ll survive a 3 vote House margin – especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations and calling that a “bipartisan accomplishment.” 👍🏽👍🏽 https://t.co/0VF8Z73vAa
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 28, 2021
On Wednesday night, the Senate voted 67-32 to begin working on the $1 trillion infrastructure plan. This comes after weeks of bickering over the details and strong opposition by fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party. Democrats will do everything in their power to advance the bill without GOP support. It is far from certain that enough Republicans will join Democrats in supporting the final passage of the legislation. In fact, it is highly unlikely.
Many on both sides of the political aisle were disgusted with Ocasio-Cortez’s ad hominem attack on the racial makeup of the infrastructure group:
What is snarky tweet.
They came together to work on the infrastructure plan that will benefit many people yet this is your take on it?
— Wendy (@wendyc78757) July 29, 2021
Socialism is exclusive and elitist. It rejects intellectual diversity and mandates monolithic dogmatism.
— John Rossomando (@JohnRossomando) July 29, 2021
Girl you gotta stop this.
— Chloé S. Valdary 📚 (@cvaldary) July 29, 2021
“ I don’t want infrastructure to get done because I don’t like the color of the skin of the legislators proposing it” AOC
— Gen Z Moderate (@GenZ_Moderate) July 29, 2021
Girl, just sign the damn thing before we lose the house and the senate
— Denise Morales (@PRican_diva) July 29, 2021
This tweet is beneath you and childish. Not everything needs to be racialized. It’s a good bill (not great) but it’s good – even without you.
— Roger Tansey 🌊🐕🌈 (@rogertansey) July 29, 2021
Identity politics is easier than a substantive tweet with good-faith critique about the actual bill.
— David Meridian (@DavidMeridian) July 29, 2021
Why does it feel like a 7th grader who thinks they’re smart constructed this tweet?
— For Pete’s Sake (@Frenchi51688781) July 29, 2021
What’s your point? This was negotiated in the Senate (so you guys couldn’t have been included) and any Senator who wanted to join the negotiations could have, regardless of skin color.
— rem (@_raw_vee_) July 29, 2021
I would love to see those squirrels running around in your head.
— Bob (@bodisax2) July 29, 2021
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