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?
AOC was at it again this week, demonstrating a remarkable lack of knowledge when it comes to reacting to tragedy. As we have seen many times, when a mass shooting or other horrific event occurs, many people take to social media and politicize the event. Recent incidents were no different, and true to form, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded in her usual tone-deaf fashion.
AOC Reacts to Poway Synagogue Shooting
Last weekend, a 19-year-old white supremacist carried out a mass shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. It was a brutal attack that killed one person and injured three, including the rabbi. This would normally be a slam dunk for politically-motivated leftists just waiting for the opportunity to use a shooting to attack President Trump. But according to the shooter’s manifesto, he hated Trump because he was too pro-Jewish.
But this did not deter our intrepid young socialist, who posted a tweet promoting universal background checks only hours after news of the shooting broke. She wrote:
“Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover. We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors. The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the more we put Americans at risk.”
It appears that the temptation to push for more gun control was too strong for the lawmaker to resist. But this behavior is common among prominent progressives, who constantly push for universal background checks, even though they would not stop mass shootings.
Ocasio-Cortez Called Out for Ignoring Sri Lanka
When radical Islamic terrorists bombed churches and other facilities on Easter in Sri Lanka, many on the left did everything they could to minimize the religious motivation behind the attacks. In their efforts to downplay the fact that the victims were Christians being persecuted for their faith, these individuals engaged in the type of mental gymnastics that would make Cirque Du Soleil look like a child falling off a skateboard. And that, ladies and gentleman, is how the term “Easter Worshippers” made it into the American political lexicon.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s silence on the matter rang as loud as the frenzied spinning of her colleagues, and last week, none other than Kellyanne Conway called her out on it. In an appearance on CNN, Mrs. Conway said: “I see officials who get a lot of airtime and ink, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman, who tweets many times about the mosque but never once about Sri Lanka.”
AOC responded as she usually does — by deflecting and changing the subject. She tweeted:
“On Easter I was away from tech visiting my grandmother in Puerto Rico, which continues to suffer from the White House’s incompetent disaster response. Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian? What was the point of you bringing this up on national TV?”
Good one, AOC! Why not bring up the White House’s response to Puerto Rico and pretend that Conway is attacking your faith? It’s the best way to distract from the fact that you treat victims of white supremacist attacks differently than those who suffer at the hands of Islamic extremism.
AOC Doesn’t Know What to do about Venezuela
With the violent uprising taking place in Venezuela, both Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I -VT) have been strangely silent. It is not clear why it has taken them so long to make a statement about the protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that the country has been run into the ground by policies similar to those proposed by the two socialist lawmakers.
Fortunately, The National Review managed to get an answer — if you could call it that — out of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. When asked about the rebellion, she responded, “violence is horrible.” Well, it’s nice to know that a member of the House thinks violence isn’t a good thing, but The National Review obviously wanted something more. When pressed on the issue of Maduro’s legitimacy vs. opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s, she said she would “defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this.”
Well, it’s probably safe to say that AOC isn’t going to provide any productive solutions to the problem. But it would be nice if she’d start taking the “defer to caucus leadership” position on every other issue.
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