Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked off the week with a tweet aimed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of sending senators home for the holidays despite the fact that a COVID stimulus bill has yet to be passed for struggling Americans. But it wasn’t long before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) swooped in to teach the famously unteachable AOC a thing or two about what’s really going on in Capitol Hill’s Upper Chamber.
“People across the country are going hungry, COVID is set to explode, and Mitch McConnell dismissed the Senate last week,” Ocasio-Cortez lamented. “I don’t know how these people can sleep at night. I really don’t.”
Cruz jumped in, explaining to AOC that Republicans have had a substantial coronavirus relief bill on the floor for months.
“Why is your party filibustering $500 billion in COVID relief? And Joe Biden is cheering them on. Thinking that blocking relief somehow helps Dems win Georgia,” Cruz noted.
AOC shot back: “The House doesn’t have filibusters, @tedcruz. We also passed several COVID relief packages to the Senate that not only include >$500 billion, but also prioritize helping real people as opposed to Wall St bailouts the GOP tries to pass off as ‘relief.’ Nice try though.
“I hope someone else runs Cruz’s Twitter account because it’d be pretty embarrassing if a US Senator didn’t know this,” she continued. “Almost as embarrassing as when Sen. @JohnCornyn didn’t appear to know that Puerto Ricans don’t get to vote in the Presidential.”
Unfortunately, as Cruz quickly noted, it was AOC who was embarrassing herself.
“@AOC seems not to know there are Democrats in the Senate. Or that Joe Biden (also a Dem) is publicly calling on Senate Dems to continue filibustering COVID relief because he thinks it will help them win Georgia,” Cruz cheerfully tweeted.
Biden is trying to have it both ways, in fact. He’s publicly hoping that Democrats will come together in a bipartisan way with Republicans to pass a stimulus bill before he’s inaugurated. But at the same time, reports have it that he’s aligning himself with Schumer and Pelosi, both of whom want the bill expanded to a $2.2 trillion boondoggle that would have about as much to do with the coronavirus as the rings of Saturn.
In other words, AOC is wrong.
But then, that’s like telling you that the sky is blue.