“I Was Revolted”: Military Vets Walk Out on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Taking a short break from her mission to be the biggest star in the Democratic Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually visited her Bronx constituents this week, setting up a private meeting with leaders in the community. But if the reaction she got from the members of Community Board 11 is any indication, AOC might do just as well sitting in Washington and talking to her adoring fans on Twitter.
According to The New York Post, at least two military veterans who attended the meeting were so disgusted with Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks about President Trump and U.S. foreign policy that they simply grabbed their things and headed for the door.
“She knocks the country, she knocks the president,” Vietnam veteran Silvio Mazzella told the Post. “And that’s not what America is about.”
Another vet, Anthony Vitaliano, said it didn’t take long before he decided he’d had enough of her bull.
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” he said. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s most offensive remarks apparently came after a Middle Eastern board member asked her about U.S. involvement in Yemen. The freshman lawmaker took the opportunity to blast the U.S. for participating in the war, for providing arms and bombs to Saudi Arabia, and for providing proxy assistance to the Yemeni government. Some in attendance thought it was inappropriate for Ocasio-Cortez to place all of the blame on the U.S. for the expansion of the region’s violence.
“Talking about America, that really turned me off completely,” said Mazzella.
Another unnamed attendee said, “I was revolted.”
Yeah well, so say we all.
Since becoming the youngest U.S. Congressperson in January, AOC has turned into the Democratic Party’s hottest rising star. Soaring to the top of the social media charts by embracing the socialist rhetoric of Bernie Sanders, she has made enemies both within her own party and across the aisle. Her Green New Deal legislation was widely mocked when an accompanying fact sheet included suggestions like eliminating air travel and farting cows. And she has drawn fire from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who seems to relish any opportunity she gets to downplay Ocasio-Cortez’s influence within Congress.
At the end of the day, though, a congressman’s job is to represent the interests of those who elected her, and we doubt many Bronx voters pulled the lever for AOC in the hopes of seeing her on the cover of Time magazine. If she can’t prove to local voters that she’s at least as interested in their concerns as she is in being President one day, her fifteen minutes could be up before she knows it.