Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in the news this week, mostly for discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As you know, the lawmaker is particularly adept at putting her foot in her mouth when discussing this regional issue, and she was back at it again in an appearance on a radio show. Also, it appears that Democrats might be changing their minds about the Green New Deal — the proposal they refused to support when it came to a vote. But is this new attitude just lip service?
AOC Encourages Rioting
Ocasio-Cortez spoke with radio host Ebro Darden on his show earlier this week. During the conversation, Darden made a series of incendiary remarks about Israel and its treatment of the Palestinian people. Apparently, Israel’s bad habit of defending itself against terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas is a form of oppression.
The host claimed that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank was “very, very criminal,” and that its actions were “very, very unjust.” Then, Ebro got very, very silly when he stated he didn’t know there were “white supremacist Jews” in America. He was referring to White House staffer Stephen Miller, who advises Trump on immigration policy.
The representative agreed with Darden, stating that people who are marginalized must riot. She said:
“I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized — once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right?”
Well, at least we know which side she’s on, right?
Still Pushing Impeachment
Ocasio-Cortez claimed during an interview with a local news outlet that residents in her district desperately wish to see President Donald Trump impeached. While discussing the concerns of the people, she said: “If anything, that’s the vast majority of what I’m hearing and seeing. People say, ‘Keep fighting!’ They say, ‘Don’t pay attention to a lot of this critique that we get.’”
Now, we already know that the lawmaker has no problem stretching the truth. One only needs to remember her fake photo shoot at a migrant detention center and her claims that immigrant detainees were drinking toilet water to see that she has a rather tenuous relationship with the truth. But even if her constituents are telling her to keep pushing for impeachment, the rest of the nation disagrees.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that after the Mueller hearing, support for impeachment dropped by six points. In June, 27% of registered voters supported an attempt to remove Trump from office. In July, only 21% agreed. If Ocasio-Cortez is telling the truth, perhaps most of that 21% are living in her district?
Democrats Flipping on Green New Deal?
Ocasio-Cortez’s flagship legislative effort, the Green New Deal, is still being touted by the intersectional progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But in the past, it received a lukewarm response from the establishment wing. When the proposal came to a vote, Democratic lawmakers refused to support the measure, choosing to vote “present.”
But now, several Democratic presidential hopefuls are changing their tune. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) recently declared, “We must have and adopt a Green New Deal.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also argued during the latest Democratic debate that Medicare for All — which is a key component of the Green New Deal, despite having nothing to do with climate change — should be adopted by Congress.
Student loan forgiveness and free college tuition is another integral part of the proposal, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been pitching such programs on the campaign trail. Finally, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and his band of fellow gladiators, is championing a federal jobs guarantee. The Green New Deal posits that “anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment.”
It’s worth noting that none of these individuals, with the exception of Sanders, supported many of these measures previously. But perhaps they know which side of the toast the butter is on and they are attempting to appease the radical progressive crowd.
What does AOC have in store for us next week? Tune in to find out!