We hear things that are stunning, urgent, challenging and sometimes humorous from this new congresswoman almost every day. And almost every day more Americans wonder why we can’t just lower the age for presidential candidates to 29.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was a waitress this time last year. This month she a appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and is considered the most talked-about lawmaker in the country. AOC is also scaring the hell out of the GOP. Republicans like to call her crazy. Why? She’s taking up space. She won’t stop. She’s “difficult.” They didn’t see her coming. They should be scared.
Here’s AOC’s latest GOP ass-whoppin’ in a C-SPAN clip that Shane Goldmacher posted on Twitter Tuesday night. It took place during a House hearing after GOP shot down the AOC-backed Green New Deal (GND), which proposes and a powerful economic stimulus plan while addressing climate change. In just over two minutes, she shames the entire Republican Party, not only for their lack of action in helping those most in need, but also for their cheap underhandedness and blatant concern for big banks, big oil and big money.
Safe to presume this is Ocasio-Cortez’s next viral video from a committee hearing pic.twitter.com/SrBd6MY5Xx
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) March 27, 2019
Republicans are known to use the word “elitist” when discussing something they don’t want to give or something they want to take away—or to try and appear smarter than Democrats. It’s their “out” word. Ocasio-Cortez is having none of it.
When we talk about the concern of the environment as an “elitist” concern … this is not an elitist issue; this is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the entire country. Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids have blood [lead levels] ascending and their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist.
She wastes no time.
People are dying. They are dying. And the response on the other side across the aisle is to introduce an amendment five minutes before a hearing in a markup? This is serious. This should not be a partisan issue. This is about all of our constituents and all of our lives. Iowa, Nebraska—broad swaths of the Midwest are drowning right now. They’re under water. Farms, towns that will never be recovered and never come back.
And we’re here and people are more concerned about helping oil-companies than their own families—I don’t think so. I don’t think so!
She tells the GOP, that this about American lives. “t should not be partisan,” she says. “Science should not be partisan.” Ocasio-Cortez tells them they need to rise to the certain levels in order to avoid American disasters like the Great Depression and World War II.
If we do not ascend to those levels, if we tell the American public that we are more willing to invest and bail out big banks than we are willing to invest in our farmers and our urban families, then I don’t know what we’re here doing. I don’t know what we’re here doing.
Like many, I’ve been intrigued by Ocasio-Cortez over the last year, but this is stunning and exactly what we need. She’s angry, unabashed, bold and she’s got plans. She’s not going to sit down and shut up. She’s not polished, yet she’s deliberately and righteously on point. Even some Democrats have tried to tone her down—not going to happen. It’s as if she was born to do this. It’s as if she was born to look out for the people. How refreshing, how exciting and how essential.