‘Here’s the outrage: your party put a sham resolution on the floor designed to protect the anti-Semitic hate and bigotry…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., took to Twitter to complain about the 23 Republicans who voted against a House resolution condemning hate speech on Thursday.
Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?
Oh, there’s none?
Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not?
No? Okay. Got it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
The resolution didn’t name Omar directly, though, and many Republicans argued the Democratic Party was letting her avoid the consequences of her hurtful rhetoric by passing the vague resolution.
Instead, the measure was reworded in a closed-door meeting to target uncorroborated allegations against President Donald Trump by his former attorney, convicted perjurer Michael Cohen.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., voted against the resolution and criticized Ocasio–Cortez for supporting a “sham resolution” while publicly defending Omar’s anti-Semitic comments.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 8, 2019
Ocasio–Cortez defended Omar after the latter—a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress—accused pro-Israel lawmakers of selling their “allegiance to a foreign country.”
“‘Calling out’ is one of the measures of last resort, not 1st or 2nd resort,” Ocasio–Cortez wrote on Twitter after top Democrats drafted the anti-hate resolution.
“We do it when repeated attempts to ‘call in’ are disrespected or ignored. And I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities.”
With no self-awareness, however, Ocasio–Cortez was quick to support the second resolution and “call out” Republicans for not doing the same.
In a follow-up tweet, Ocasio–Cortez deflected from the issue of anti-Semitism by falsely implying that Republican congressman Jason Smith, R-Mo., had made an anti-Latino slur when yelling at Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., to “Go back to Puerto Rico” during a heated debate in January over a resolution for ending the government shutdown.
One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled “Go back to Puerto Rico!” on the floor). https://t.co/MwrRN4v4DG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
The statement was, in fact, a reference to a massive junket that approximately 30 Congressional Democrats had taken, along with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives, in the middle of the federal government shutdown.
NEWS: Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) shouted “Go back to Puerto Rico” on House floor.
Statement: “Congressman Smith’s comment was directed at all the Democrats who were vacationing down in Puerto Rico last weekend during the government shutdown, not towards any individual member.”
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) January 17, 2019
The getaway was sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC, which is chaired by Cardenas.
It involved a chartered flight for the Democrats, their families and chiefs of staff to a seaside resort in San Juan, where rooms go for $429 a night. The vacationers had the option of seeing the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attending three parties—including one with the show’s cast.
Spotted: Sen. Bob Menendez on the beach at a resort in Puerto Rico on Day 22 of the partial government shutdown. Reports say dozens of Dems are in PR for the CHC BOLD PAC winter retreat — including meetings on Maria cleanup, and a party with PR’s “Hamilton” cast. pic.twitter.com/6FaBYKPo4L
— David McAlpine (@DavidMcAlpine) January 12, 2019