“Let’s make that extremely clear. The climate ambitions have been reduced because of Joe Manchin. We have had, for example, the minimizing of Medicare expansion. Much of that is also thanks to Joe Manchin, and we need to really make it very clear that this bill, this framework was signed off by Joe Manchin, and so this is a Joe Manchin Build Back Better Act, and so this idea that we’re going to go back to the table and give him the pen again for a bill that he has already — has his ink all over? Makes very little sense.”
Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Told Us This Would Happen | Crooks and Liars
“It’s almost as if Facebook’s monopolistic mission to either own, copy, or destroy any competing platform has incredibly destructive effects on free society and democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “Remember: WhatsApp wasn’t created by Facebook. It was an independent success. FB got scared and bought it.” “If Facebook’s monopolistic behavior was checked back when it should’ve been (perhaps around the time it started acquiring competitors like Instagram),” the New York Democrat added, “the continents of people who depend on WhatsApp and IG for either communication or commerce would be fine right now. Break them up.”
Source: AOC, Other Progressives, Have Three Words For Facebook: ‘Break It Up’ | Crooks and Liars
New York congresswoman and progressive champion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defended wearing a gown emblazoned with the slogan “tax the rich” to the lavish Met Gala, saying she has elevated the debate about wealth redistribution in America.
Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends ‘tax the rich’ gown
Someone needs to challenge the broken political mind-set around the size and nature of the federal workforce. No one has a better track record of changing such political paradigms than you.
After decades of the “no more bureaucrats” political feedback loop, private contractors working for the federal government now outnumber federal employees, by a factor of more than two to one.
Source: Memo to AOC: Only You Can Save the Government | Washington Monthly
AOC responded to her attacks later on Twitter, writing “First of all, I’m taller than her.” Which is all that needs to be said for Greene’s trolling.
Source: AOC Destroys Greene On Twitter With One Word: ‘Taller’ | Crooks and Liars
If we could just avoid getting tangled up in our own rope, if we could remember the struggle that was going on for so long before we got here, if we could cut the crap and speak as plainly as AOC does, we could yet overcome.
Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: You Gotta Love Her | The Smirking Chimp
When the Freshers are the frontliners against Trump maybe it’s time to bring out the “squad” (ODT)
After earlier speculation that they may leave her out, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most outspoken progressive voices in Congress, will speak at the party’s national convention next week, when the party will officially nominate Joe Biden for the presidency.
via Yes, Democrats Announce AOC *WILL* Speak At The National Convention | Crooks and Liars
Replicating Julia Gillard’s speech the echoed around the world. (ODT)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s blistering speech yesterday powerfully connected her experience of sexism with the broader issues of patriarchy and workplace harassment. It was proof, once again, that it’s very nice having democratic socialists in office.
via AOC’s Anti-Sexism Speech Yesterday Was a Triumph
There are times in this business when all you can do is sit back and let the “wow” hop all over you like a jubilant pack of kangaroo mice turned loose upon the world. Why? Because I get to type this sentence: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated her main primary opponent, conservative Democrat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, by the razor-thin margin of 72-19.
Ha. Wow. Hop hop hop.
AOC and “The Squad” she came in with in 2018 were supposed to be a fluke, a one-off caused by the daily nonsense from an unpopular president. Sure, she toppled Joe Crowley, long-serving establishment Democrat and ally of Speaker Pelosi, but we were told not to read too much into it. There’s no way progressives are actually getting organized at this level, right?
via Progressive Candidates Surge Again as Trump Drags GOP Down | The Smirking Chimp
Ocasio-Cortez has been the only Democrat in Congress to come out against the coronavirus relief packages; she said she “couldn’t stomach” voting for the previous bill knowing she would have to go back to her community “having to fundraise for diapers and fundraise for food myself because the federal government has chosen not to.”
via AOC Says She Is “Reduced to” Lobbying for Burial Costs
AOC the rising star in NY politics has now got to face Wall St she’s too good (ODT)
via Wall Street Titans Fund Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenger
A breath of fresh air No a cool refreshing storm has swept across American politics…AOC (ODT)
“The undeniable fact is that Ocasio-Cortez has been the rock star of the political left since she pulled off her shock defeat of 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley.”
—Mehdi Hasan, journalist
Ocasio-Cortez garnered national media attention in mid-2018 for her landslide victory in a primary race for New York’s solidly blue 14th Congressional District, which ousted longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley. She has since used her national platform to promote progressive policies on key issues such as the climate crisis and healthcare—and support fellow political candidates who share her priorities.
In October, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders for president. The past couple months, Politico explained, “Ocasio-Cortez has become a supercharged surrogate for Sanders in early-voting and delegate-rich states. As she’s drawn massive crowds alongside the Vermont senator in Iowa, Nevada, California, and New York, progressive insiders and activists are increasingly whispering about Ocasio-Cortez inheriting the movement one day—and running for the White House with it behind her.”
via Amid Whispers of Presidential Potential, AOC—Not Buttigieg—Called ‘Future of the Democratic Party’ | Common Dreams News
Tuesday evening, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) affirmed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, saying “what he has already admitted to is an impeachable offense.”
Surrounded by a flurry of reporters, the New York Democrat was asked if the caucus had been too slow to move on impeachment. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t take the bait: “We can’t ask ourselves about whether we move too slow or too quickly. We have to ask ourselves what we’re doing right now.”
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Mere days after the Democratic firebrand called out her own party for abetting the president’s continued behavior, Ocasio-Cortez lent her support to the Speaker’s decision: “I think we have to hold this president accountable and we have to protect our democracy.”
via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Has Already Admitted Impeachable Acts – Mother Jones
Fast becoming one of the hated. Must be doing something good. (ODT)
The Day I Met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Democrat receives 3,181 mentions on Fox News and Fox Business
Figures suggest media obsession with congresswoman
The finding will reinforce perceptions that Fox, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is obsessed by Ocasio-Cortez, portraying her as a radical socialist who threatens the American way of life.
She tweeted in response on Friday: “Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don’t flinch.
via Fox mentions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 days running – 3,181 times | US news | The Guardian
She practices what she preaches Andrew Bolt doesn’t come anywhere near it either debating or his blessed manners. (ODT)
After telling allies it’s “not acceptable” to disparage a Republican who differs with her on climate strategy, AOC explains: “That’s the difference between me and Trump.”
via Lots of Politicians Preach Civility, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Practices It | The Nation
Such assertions have no basis in fact: the resolution does not call for the elimination of animal agriculture or aviation. The extraordinarily large cost attributed to the plan by Republicans, typically $93tn, is also false.
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Ocasio-Cortez said she expected such attacks.
“But I didn’t expect them to make total fools of themselves,” she told MSNBC on Friday. “I expected a little more nuance, and I expected a little more ‘concern trolling’,” meaning expressions of disingenuous concern.
Ocasio-Cortez added that politics in Washington DC often feels like “the upside down”, a reference to a distorted parallel reality depicted in the Netflix show Stranger Things.
via Ocasio-Cortez says Green New Deal critics are making ‘fools of themselves’ | US news | The Guardian
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic primary winner in the U.S. House race in New York’s 14th Congressional District. (Ocasio2018.com)
It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders’ immense success in the 2016 Democratic primaries, running a grass-roots campaign that condemned Wall Street’s influence and called for social justice, Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating party heavyweights.
And yet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary was nothing short of incredible. The victory stunned even her, as the video below illustrates.
A 28-year-old socialist Latina running against Joe Crowley, the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, probably didn’t raise many alarms within a political establishment that seems hellbent on ignoring a growing desire for the Democratic Party to move left.
via How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite