When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
Every few weeks, it seems that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez manages to surprise us. Not by demonstrating depths of political ignorance heretofore unseen, but because she actually gets it right. This is one of those weeks. She did manage to make some silly remarks about climate change while getting taken to the woodshed over blocking critics on Twitter, so it doesn’t seem to indicate a trend.
Climate Change Sleeplessness
The representative broke her period of relative silence on Wednesday when she posted a live stream on Instagram. While filming the video, she took questions from her audience. In response to one of her followers, she discussed the apparent stress she is experiencing due to the approaching apocalypse in which the human race will be wiped out in a gigantic ball of raging inferno.
“Even while I was on vacation, I woke up in the middle of the night, at 3:30 in the morning, just concerned about climate change,” she said. The lawmaker then discussed balancing her personal and public life. “I’m 29 years old. I really struggle sometimes with the idea of how to be a policymaker and potentially have a family in the time of climate change,” she said. “And it really, like, freaks me out and it can be really, really scary.”
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has debated whether or not it is appropriate to have children when, like, we’re all going to really, really die in 12 years – or ten, depending on what mood she’s in that day. But it appears that, like many others on the hard left, she has bought into the climate change hysteria hook, line, and sinker.
Free Speech Group Challenges AOC
A free-speech group slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week for allegedly blocking users on Twitter because she doesn’t agree with their points of view. Knight First Amendment Institute recently sent a letter to the lawmaker stating that the practice was “unconstitutional.” The message was intended to convince Ocasio-Cortez to cease blocking people from viewing her feed. But they were not the only ones.
Last month, former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind filed a lawsuit against the congresswoman. The suit alleges that Ocasio-Cortez blocked him on Twitter because of his “criticism” of her. To bolster his claim, Hikind cited a recent federal appeals court decision against President Trump that prohibited him from blocking Twitter users.
While the lawmaker has not spoken publicly about the lawsuit, her attorneys argued that her situation is different from Trump’s. The Twitter account on which the lawmaker has blocked critics is her personal account, not the one that is government-issued. They also denied that she blocked Hikind “because of the content of his speech.”
The Knight First Amendment Institute disagreed with the argument that AOC’s situation did not require her to unblock critics. “Based on the facts as we understand them, the @AOC account is a ‘public forum’ within the meaning of the First Amendment,” the group said in their letter. It continued, explaining that the representative uses her account “to share information about congressional hearings, to explain policy proposals, to advocate legislation and to solicit public comment about issues relating to government.”
You’ve probably heard it said that if the left didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any at all. It’s interesting that leftist politicians – who were so adamant about Trump leaving Twitter users unblocked – are so hesitant to be bound by the same rule. But if Hikind and the Knight First Amendment Institute win out, they may not have a choice.
AOC Torches Bret Stephens
You know what they say about broken clocks, right? Well, it looks like Ocasio-Cortez got one right this past week. Journalist Bret Stephens, who plays a conservative for The New York Times, recently became the subject of ridicule because of his over the top response to an individual who poked fun at him.
David Karpf, a professor at Rutgers University, recently mocked Stephens on Twitter, referring to him as a “bedbug.” Now, most people would simply brush off such a benign insult. Or perhaps they might respond with a witty retort. But, dear reader, this is 2019, and everything is ridiculous. Instead of ignoring the comment, Stephens sent a harshly-worded email to Karpf and copied his boss on the message. It was a blatant attempt to get the professor into trouble at work.
When news of this extreme display of pettiness broke, Ocasio-Cortez chimed in on Twitter: “Imagine being on Twitter and having the worst thing you’re called in a given day is ‘bedbug.’ My own friends roast me harder than that 😂”
She continued, stating that it was “pretty concerning” that Stephens “abused his position to try to get someone fired over something so insignificant.”
As much as we enjoy raking AOC’s silly sayings and meaningless meandering over the coals, it’s okay to acknowledge when she’s on target.