Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Someone on her media team might want to reign her in a bit because this isn’t a good look.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to sit down with a morning today show called “Ebro in the Morning,” because what could possibly go wrong? In the interview, the host naturally brings up Israel and this leads to some very ill-informed and ridiculous statements from the young Congresswoman. Perhaps worse though is what she explicitly voices agreement with in regards to the host’s words.
Transcript via The Washington Examiner. We’ll start slow.
“Now you look around the globe and you have multiple corrupt governments working together — you’ve got Israel, you’ve got America, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got the Saudis, right — all working in concert. And I bring up Israel because you’ve been vocal about Palestine, the occupation and what needs to go on there. And specifically, I even think people in Israel are trying to get Netanyahu as well,” the host said.
“I agree, I agree with that,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
I love how out of all the awful governments on earth, this host chooses to equate the United States and Israel with Russia and the Saudis. And on what planet are the Russians working together with America? Our working relationship is essentially nil right now and it’s at it’s lowest point in decades.
Despite the idiocy of that statement, AOC jumps it to say “I agree with that,” probably not even being lucid enough to understand the logical fallacies that were just presented to her.
Then things got weird.
The host continued, “There’s a lot of young Jewish people that I know that are absolutely against the occupation and I wanted you, because often on this program, we have the freedom to address the fact that something that you know people, it’s an oxymoron, how do you have white supremacist Jews? How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish and it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing and what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very deep, it is very, very criminal. It is very, very unjust.”
“Absolutely, and I think to where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational thing. I think that when we start looking at it through that lens, a lot of this stuff starts to make sense. It’s like what you’re talking about, young Jews in Israel are sick of this.”
What the host is trying to say is clear because this is not a discussion about immigration or the United States. It’s completely about Israel and he’s positing that if you don’t support the Palestinian cause that you are a white supremacist. He even ties the two ideas together neatly by talking about “what’s going on with Israel and Palestine” directly after saying some Jews are white supremacists. It’d be ridiculous gaslighting to suggest otherwise, although I’m sure some will try.
And what does AOC do? She offers her support again for his point of view. “Absolutely” she says, agreeing with the idea that some Jews are white supremacists and that the Israeli government is run by such people in a criminal fashion.
This was bad enough that even Seth Mandel, who’s entire brand is taking a contrarian approach to most right wing complaints in politics, agreed this was bad.
You can't criticize Israel without being called an antisemite, she says, because it's about white supremacy. She also buys into the virulently antisemitic 'white Jews vs black Jews' calumny. What a toxic person.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) July 30, 2019
Other parts of the interview also veered into stupidity. Namely, the ranting about the “occupation.” These people still don’t realize that Israel pulled out of Gaza over a decade ago. That area is completely run by Hamas, who were elected by the Palestinians.
Yet, she goes on to blame a lack of clean water on Israel, despite the fact that the only reason Gaza is somewhat livable is by the actions of the Israelis to provide them infrastructure and medical care. At one point in the interview, AOC also says the Palestinians have no choice but the riot, which sounds pretty much like an endorsement of the violence they are perpetrating.
Even past the veiled anti-Semitism, AOC’s pure ignorance of the actual Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this interview is enough to make it noteworthy.
Of course, no one outside of right wing media will mention all this because AOC is a Democrat and part of the protected class. But perhaps continuing to expose her and her gross ideology will eventually lead to more people turning against it? One can hope.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 30, 2019
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