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?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) usually doesn’t disappoint when it comes to giving us precious bits of political humor. Unfortunately, it appears she decided to take a break this week and managed to refrain from giving us more fodder for mockery. But this doesn’t mean her presence wasn’t felt in the news.
AOC Fans Get Sticky
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez sponsored legislation earlier in July to declare that the threat of climate change warrants a “national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor” in the US. The proposal has stalled in Congress, which prompted Extinction Rebellion, an organization that promotes awareness of climate change, to take drastic action to push lawmakers into adopting the measure.
Members of the organization staged a protest in which they used Gorilla Glue to stick their hands onto the walls in the tunnel connecting the House offices to the Capitol building. “What we wanted to do was disrupt business as usual in the lives of the congresspeople as they headed to the Capitol for votes at 6:30,” Kaela Bamberger, a spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, told The Washington Post.
Since we are now living in 2019, the protesters videotaped their event and subsequent arrest. The human chain partially blocked a passage between the two buildings, and the demonstrators asked passersby to go outside and around the building to get to their destination. Unfortunately for them, many didn’t comply, ducking under their limbs instead. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) was one of the individuals inconvenienced by the group’s antics. “It was silly, it was borderline comical,” he told The Daily Wire. At least he was polite enough to say “excuse me” while passing between people’s hands and feet.
RBG Slaps Down AOC’s SCOTUS Idea
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as “Notorious R-B-G,” recently rejected an idea put forth by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who is well-known as an expert on all things SCOTUS. Since taking office, President Trump has appointed several conservative-leaning judges to federal courtships and even a couple to the highest court in the land. Anyone paying attention to politics saw the vicious battle waged when he nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump’s appointments have placed progressives – who have often relied on the courts to push their agenda – in a quandary. The judiciary was previously one of their strongest weapons. This has prompted some to propose ways in which the left can once again bend the courts to its will. Ocasio-Cortez has suggested that Democrats should add more seats to the Supreme Court if and when the party regains the presidency: “I think that we take back the House, we take back the Senate, we take back the presidency, and we pack the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”
In an appearance on NPR, Ginsburg rebuffed the idea, saying that “Nine seems to be a good number.” She added, “It’s been that way for a long time. I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Court.”
It appears that the American public agrees with Ginsburg. A Rasmussen poll showed that Americans would be more willing to approve term limits for Supreme Court justices than increase the number of judges that are allowed to sit on the bench. According to the poll, only 27% of likely voters are in favor of appointing more judges.
With incendiary rhetoric being used by both the left and right in this political climate, one might be rightly concerned about tensions escalating into violence. This trend has elicited greater sensitivity to the possibility of bloodshed, which is likely why two Louisiana police officers recently lost their jobs for making extreme comments on social media.
One of the officers wrote a post about A-O-C in which he said: “This vile idiot needs a round….and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” The post referenced the lawmaker’s previous occupation as a bartender. The officer’s comment was made in response to a quote that was inaccurately attributed to Ocasio-Cortez, claiming that soldiers are paid too much.
The Times-Picayune reported the comments to law enforcement. Soon after, the police chief announced that the two officers had been terminated. “This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department,” he said. “Alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting US Congressman, a member of our government, we’re not going to tolerate that.”
One cannot blame Ocasio-Cortez for the actions of another, but this story is a concrete example demonstrating how precarious America’s political discourse has become. Unfortunately, it does not appear that hostilities will ease anytime soon.
What does AOC have in store for us next week? Tune in to find out!