Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), equal-opportunity offender, outraged LGBTQ advocates, “Back the Blue” proponents, and those with an understanding of basic economics with proposals that show just how out of touch she is.
Last week, AOC reportedly began soliciting her constituents for suggestions on a new name for a post office in Jackson Heights, Queens, the Daily News reported. As explained by a spokesperson for the New York Democrat, it is not uncommon for members of Congress to engage their community through naming ceremonies. However, it appears that neither Ocasio-Cortez nor her representatives took the time to research the background for the current name of the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building.
The name was adopted in a ceremony in 2016 to honor Jeanne Manford, founder of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), who is celebrated as the first parent to openly support their child in an LGBTQ parade. The legislation designating the new name for the post office was co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and signed by President Barack Obama.
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), who worked to accomplish the name change, asked the obvious questions, “Is it that she doesn’t know our history? Did they not check to see who the post office is named after right now? Does she not know who Jeanne Manford was?”
Of course, she may not be the only one who didn’t bother to use a search engine before considering a name change. A member of the community suggested the post office should be renamed to honor LGBTQ activist Lorena Borjas. “You don’t take one pioneer of the LGBT movement and pit them against another,” decried Dromm.
LGBTQ activist Allen Roskoff, leader of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, professed his frustration as well, “How dare she put our community’s heritage up for a popularity contest or a vote. We are outraged.”
“This is typical of her not being connected to the community,” Dromm added. This wasn’t the only disconnect AOC demonstrated this past week as she took time to address funding proposals by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
Imagine if defunding schools was as politically controversial as not wanting to fund robodogs and mass surveillance. Imagine if police depts had to meet even a fraction of the financial scrutiny & performance auditing that our schools do.
Just wild what we’ve learned to accept. https://t.co/QRFWoGoFBY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2022
The funding proposal that Ocasio-Cortez reacted to calls for an overall decrease of $215 million for the fiscal year as enrollments have continued to decline, Spectrum News reported. One public school alone saw a decrease of the student population by eight percent in Brooklyn. Ocasio-Cortez calls this “financial scrutiny & performance auditing” when it is simply a matter of funds reflecting the number of students.
AOC was called out for her lack of understanding of the pressures on law enforcement.
This tweet proves you know nothing about law enforcement officers
— William Waring (@billwaring) February 19, 2022
Holy crap, you live in a fantasy world. Police get 100X the scrutiny and 1/10 the respect.
Wake the hell up, you disingenuous clown!
— #FJB (@PhillyToMaine) February 19, 2022
AOC crying about police funding while continuing to defend & even encourage crime. And of course she ignores the real issues and offers no solutions.
— Every Socialist is an Intelligence Failure (@Bkfast4Dinner) February 21, 2022
The novel idea that a congresswoman actually take steps to address a perceived problem in their community rather than pontificating on social media did not go unnoticed.
You represent residents of New York so do something about this.
— Darlene (@hessiebates4) February 19, 2022
Or, hear me out here Alex. Just raise the money yourself in a grass roots campaign that you’re alleged to be world famous for and give it to the schools.
— The camopapa who laughs at your maskirovka (@camopapa0410) February 19, 2022
Of course, maybe if Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t spending so much time getting involved in the politics of other states, she might have a clue as to what was going on in her own neighborhoods. Maybe.
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