Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a source of unending amusement for conservatives since she came on the scene, but now that she wields a small amount of power in Washington, it may not be long before that amusement turns to horror. Right now, Ocasio-Cortez is little more than a thorn in the side of Democrat leaders and a Twitter superstar for her legions of adoring, braindead liberal fans. But she proved Wednesday that she’s not going to simply sit on the sidelines and throw barbs from the peanut gallery; she’s going to advance her radical agenda in every way possible.
So it was this week that Ocasio-Cortez became the only member of the Democratic caucus in the House to vote against a bill to end the shutdown. The bill, endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, passed the House 234-180, roughly along party lines. But while not every Republican voted against Pelosi’s bill, every Democrat voted for it. Every Democrat except one.
And why did AOC find this bill unacceptable?
“We were having conversations with our community after we voted for DHS funding the first time,” Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Post. “We’re hearing back a lot from our local community and they’re uncomfortable with any vote on funding for ICE.”
In a statement, AOC’s spokesman Corbin Trent solidified that decision: “A solid no for funding ICE at all.”
In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in early January, Ocasio-Cortez said it did not make sense to fund ICE at a time when children were dying in their custody. Which overlooks the small fact that ICE and Border Patrol are two different things, but hey, who’s counting?
“The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time. “The president should really be defending why we are funding such an agency at all. Because right now, what we are seeing is death. Right now, what we are seeing is the violation of human rights.”
She took some heat after that interview – not because she trafficked in ridiculous hyperbole (that’s par for the course on the left) but because she was fresh off a vote that DID fund ICE. Apparently she couldn’t risk being called out as a hypocrite again, which explains why she decided to vote against the House bill this week.
It doesn’t come to much of anything – this bill isn’t going anywhere in the Senate. But it’s a reminder that we have true-blue, “there’s no such thing as illegal immigration” radicals in Congress as we speak. And left unchecked, their “moral rightness” is going to be the death of this nation.