Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshman Democrats had a plan. Find Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hand him a written petition from Democrats demanding he put a Democrat signed funding bill to a vote, get headlines, look like a hero.
Apparently, Ocasio-Cortez forgot she was Ocasio-Cortez, however, and the entire plan ended up going rather awkwardly.
According to the Daily Wire, the young democratic socialist had gathered a gaggle of reporters and a squad of Democrats to march over to the Senate side of the capitol like conquering heroes to hand-deliver the message to McConnell and end the shutdown…with a letter…from Democrats.
The big “activist” stunt triggered a “media circus,” The Hill’s Alexander Bolton reports. “Tourists thronging the Capitol Rotunda were startled by the group marching across the Capitol campus, with many recognizing Ocasio-Cortez on sight.”
Joining Ocasio-Cortez were Reps. Jahana Hayes (CT), Lauren Underwood (IL), and Katie Hill (CA), who expressed frustration with the congressional impasse. “At this point, the only thing left is for us to make noise and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Hill, the New York Post reports.
“Eight-hundred thousand people don’t have their paychecks,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “So where’s Mitch?” At one point she offered her an answer to her own question: “He seems to be running away from us.”
Only things began to get a bit awkward. For one, Ocasio-Cortez and her crew were having trouble finding McConnell’s office. Things got a bit more awkward when our stunning and brave heroes ran into Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and a group of pro-life Republicans, realizing they’d gone to the wrong office.
They eventually found his office, though, and it was there that they decided to stage a mini-press conference, according to the Washington Post’s Erica Werner.
And now they are holding a press conference outside McConnell’s office. They are saying they ran on political activism and are now bringing it to Congress. pic.twitter.com/vFLGjRJLNR
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 16, 2019
The freshman Democrats then decided they would march down to the floor to deliver the letters in person and ran into McConnell’s deputy of chief of staff, Don Stewart, who said he’d gladly give the letter to McConnell — “as I do with every single letter that comes into this office.”
The Democrats reportedly went into a “huddle,” then decided they’d take it themselves and distribute the letter to the Senate GOP cloakroom as well as McConnell’s personal office in the Russell Senate Office Building. The only problem was that they didn’t have enough copies. That was when McConnell’s staff offered to help the young Democrats with their political stunt, and make copies of the letter for them.
Letters in hand, AOC and her squad made their way to the entrance of the Senate GOP cloakroom…or at least they thought they did. The Daily Wire reported that the Democrats had some trouble finding the entrance.
After sitting on the bench in the back of the room for a while, the Democrats then formulated a plan to split up with one smaller group heading toward the Russel Senate Office Building. Eventually, they made their way there and delivered the letter.
McConnell was later asked if he was actually hiding from the young Democrats, but McConnell confessed he had no idea they were even looking for him.
“No, he was not. I’m not even sure he had advance notice they were coming.”
According to McConnell, he was too busy doing his job to notice.