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 has been in a tough spot as of late. Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is out of the race, she is forced to throw at least a modicum of support to former Vice President Joe Biden, whom she labeled as a “conservative” earlier this year. She also chimed in on the recent protests in Michigan in which residents expressed their opposition to ongoing stay-at-home orders.
Michigan Protesters Enjoy “Racial Privilege”
On Thursday, a large group of protesters staged a demonstration at the Michigan State Capitol to push back against the shutdown order instituted, ostensibly, to counter the spread of Coronavirus. Under these restrictions, residents were prohibited from traveling between houses and buying materials like seeds for gardening.
The disgruntled residents, some of whom were armed, crowded into the building and called for the removal of the shutdown measures. According to state police, the group was made up of about 400 to 700 individuals. Some carried signs lashing out at the governor; others waved flags.
Apparently, when AOC looked at the news coverage of the event, she saw only one thing: White folks. Her response was predictable: Bring up the race of the individuals involved in the demonstrations and whine about racism and stuff. In a post on Twitter, she wrote:
“Think about how harshly #BlackLivesMatter & #AbolishICE activists were debased, called rioters, & treated as a threat to society.
Now watch & examine how this MAGA-armed rushing of a state legislature is treated.
This is for those who still think racial privilege is a fantasy.”
Of course, she failed to mention that groups like Black Lives Matter have actually participated in riots in cities like Ferguson, MO, where businesses were looted and property was destroyed. Moreover, those calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement were rightly criticized for supporting the breaking of American laws.
Michigan’s state of emergency was supposed to expire on Thursday. However, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order that put a new emergency declaration in place. The stay-at-home order will remain in effect through May 15.
Whitmer has been battling the Republican-majority state legislature over the limits of her power. She attracted a wave of criticism after she announced that she would refuse to sign any bill that takes away some of her emergency powers.
AOC Isn’t Too Keen on Biden
In an interview with Vice, Ocasio-Cortez discussed Joe Biden’s candidacy and the COVID-19 pandemic. As a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders, she is now in the position of having to support Biden, who is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party. But, as you might have guessed, she’s not too happy about it.
When asked about the former vice president, she said: “If the question is, can Biden? I think Biden has the potential to win a general election.” She continued, “Whether he can offer deeper structural changes that get us to a healthier place, I don’t necessarily know if he’s going to move us forward. But I think people can see him as stopping the bleeding.”
If there is one thing that this race has shown, it’s that the Democratic Party isn’t quite ready for far-left progressivism. Not only did Sanders lose the primaries, but socialist candidates running for other offices were also defeated by moderates.
Perhaps AOC and her ilk will use this time to regroup and formulate a new strategy for taking over the Democratic Party, but they seem to be trying to work within the establishment for the time being.
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