Angry at House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi and moderate Democrats who voted with Republicans on border funding, AOC and her staff expressed significant displeasure at the passage of the a border crisis bill where funding is provided to help migrants.
I do not believe we should be throwing more money to ICE,” she said to CNN anchor Jake Tapper on “The Lead” on Thursday.
“My district is 50% immigrant. I have an obligation and responsibility to protect them. I believe what we should ideally be doing is passing a pure humanitarian bill to get money straight to the kids.”
“We need to make sure these kids are protected as well as making sure we having their resources funded,” she said.
“I think a pure humanitarian bill could pass,” the 29-year-old said. “I do not believe that Republican voters are interested back home in preventing kids from getting toothbrushes and toothpaste.”
“The problem right now and the question at hand is Mitch McConnell sent us a bill & we’re putting a big checkmark on it instead of even trying to negotiate…what Mitch McConnell is doing is relying on the time pressure of recess,” she said.
.@AOC on House moving to pass Senate border bill: "The problem right now and the question at hand is Mitch McConnell sent us a bill & we're putting a big checkmark on it instead of even trying to negotiate…what Mitch McConnell is doing is relying on the time pressure of recess" pic.twitter.com/jBPvlCSMge
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 27, 2019
Following the bills passage, Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, accused the moderate Democrats of being racists in a now deleted tweet.
“Instead of ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal,’ let’s call the New Democrats and Blue Dog Caucus the ‘New Southern Democrats,’” he said.
“They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s,” he said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, who directs her daily insanity called the Democratic Party "old, racist, southern Democrats. pic.twitter.com/aKUwygeMCJ
— secondopinionpundits (@sopundits) June 28, 2019