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Nobody, neither her supporters nor her detractors, appear to be impressed by “stunt queen” and “fraud” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bullschiff.
The New York congresswoman released a statement late Friday afternoon purporting to explain why she’d voted “present” instead of “no” on an otherwise widely supported bill to provide $1 billion in funding for Israel’s life-saving Iron Dome air defense system.
Following the vote Thursday, critics from the left and right slammed her.
Right-wing critics took aim at her “crocodile tears” and wondered why she was upset over the passage of a bill that would help save the lives of innocent Israeli men, women, and children. Left-wing critics, meanwhile, bashed her for not taking a definitive stand against Israel and instead choosing to apparently buckle to pressure.
In her lengthy statement Friday, Ocasio-Cortez tried to appease her left-wing base by explaining her decision to vote “present” instead of “no.”
A note to our NY-14 constituents, from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pic.twitter.com/mOmJrgFa4G
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) September 24, 2021
The problem, according to her left-wing critics, is that she didn’t explain anything.
AOC just posted a 4-page statement where she purports to explain why she voted PRESENT instead of NO on US funding for Israel.
If anyone could find the part where she actually explains why she voted PRESENT instead of NO, please flag it for me. I genuinely can’t find it. https://t.co/3dLNWRibat
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 24, 2021
The congresswoman began her statement by saying she wanted to explain why she believed “this bill should have been opposed.”
But she then immediately turned around and provided a convenient excuse for why it was apparently no big deal that she didn’t vote “no” on it.
“[C]ontrary to popular narrative, this bill was not for all U.S. funding of the Iron Dome, and opposing it would not defund U.S. financing of the system in any way, shape, or form. Since 2011, the U.S. has provided $1.7 billion for the Iron Dome and is already financially committed to continuing these funds through 2028,” she wrote.
She continued by claiming that “the process of bringing [the bill] to the House floor was deeply unjust.”
“The legislative language itself was initially introduced, earlier this week, by way of an attempt to quietly slip this funding into routine legislation, without any of the usually-necessary committee debate, markup, or regular order. A funding leap this significant in a policy area that is already so charged and fraught for many communities, particularly our own, deserves the respect of a proper legislative process,” she wrote.
But if the process was so “unjust,” why didn’t she just vote “no?”
The congresswoman then dropped her beloved race card.
“[T]he reckless decision by House leadership to rush this controversial vote within a matter of hours and without true consideration created a tinderbox of vitriol, disingenuous framing, deeply racist accusations and depictions, and lack of substantive discussion on this matter,” she said.
She concluded her statement by explaining why she’d cried. One of the reasons cited was that she’d apparently felt “endangered.”
“I wept at the complete lack of regard I often feel our party has to its most vulnerable and endangered members and communities,” she said.
Now she’s saying she “wept” on the floor of the House during a vote because she’s “vulernable and endangered”
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 24, 2021
For some inexplicable reason, the congresswoman shared her statement through her official congressional Twitter account, @RepAOC, instead of her far more widely known @AOC account.
As of Saturday morning, the tweet had been ratioed, but not by right-wingers. It’d been ratioed by raging left-wingers.
“Blah blah blah …. Vote: present!” pic.twitter.com/cVI27mBjR6
— No More Donations (@NoMoreDon8) September 24, 2021
— 🌾j🌾 (@jebbygebby) September 24, 2021
Zero about why you changed your vote. That’s not transparency
— #deMOCKracy (@BernieUpstateNY) September 24, 2021
THANK you. I got to the end of that missive and felt like turning the “paper” over to see if she put more on the back. Where’s the explanation, @AOC? Because this sure ain’t it.
— JillKlausen (@_AbolishPolice_) September 24, 2021
So very performative.
— ProgRok 🐝 (@ProgRok) September 25, 2021
why should we believe anything you say when your vote doesn’t match your rhetoric
— He’s dead now and you have to be careful (@DoctorFishbones) September 24, 2021
They weren’t the only ones confused and upset.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald uploaded a whole 15-minute video calling out the congresswoman?
Meanwhile, on Fox News, the day had actually begun with conservative commentator Eddie Scarry rightly predicting on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends First” that the “stunt queen” congresswoman’s explanation would be nonsensical.
“She’s such a stunt queen, but she learns from the best, or at least they learn from each other — Joe Biden. That’s that classic ’empathy’ that we’re supposed to care about. I think that she wants a news cycle out of this,” he said.
“I’m sure a lot of reporters will ask her what she’s crying about. Her answer will be nonsensical, just as it always is out of Joe Biden whenever he says, whenever they ask him about basically anything, he just simply says ‘oh, I feel for you, I care for you,’ and then we’re supposed to move on. That’s exactly what she’s doing,” he added.
(Video: Fox News)
With prediction skills like that, Scarry may want to consider getting into the psychic business.
The Fox News discussion concluded with one of the co-hosts revealing that the real reason Ocasio-Cortez voted “present” is “because she’s planning a run for Senate and doesn’t want to offend the heavy Jewish population that exists” in New York.
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