Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
I’ve had a theory that on a long enough timeline, every person who embraces social justice becomes so pathologically enslaved to the ideology of critical theory that it greatly warps their perception of reality.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a perfect example of this during a recent House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties with a focus on fracking and fossil fuels. The New York socialist seems to only see everything through a lens of race and class, and because of this, went so far as to blame the death of her grandfather on white people.
If he had died as a result of a white person murdering him, then Ocasio-Cortez may have had at least some semblance of an argument that still would have died after the first counter-point. People are killed every day for all sorts of reasons and by all kinds of races.
But no. AOC’s grandfather died due to Hurricane Maria, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. According to AOC, the hurricane that killed her grandfather happened because of climate change, and climate change is caused by corporations, and corporations are run by white people, thus white people killed her grandfather.
No, I’m not kidding.
According to the Washington Examiner, AOC was asking questions of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mustafa Ali when she unleashed her “logic” on the room:
“[T]he people that are producing climate change, the folks that are responsible for the largest amount of emissions, or communities, or corporations, they tend to be predominantly white, correct?” she asked at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Mustafa Ali replied that “yes, and every study backs that up I know no one is intentionally trying to kill people and hurt people.”
“My own grandfather died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, referring to the 2017 Puerto Rico storm that ultimately left about 3,000 dead. “We can’t act as though the inertia and history of colonization doesn’t play a role in this.”
To translate AOC: White people created a hurricane that killed a member of my family.
This is stuff I expect a drug-addicted homeless person to be shouting at me as I walk by him on the sidewalk, not an elected member of congress.
Luckily, at least one member of Congress there maintained his sanity. Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy used the example of the storm of 1900 in Galveston, Texas, to point out how ridiculous Ocasio-Cortez’s accusation is according to the Washington Examiner:
Rep. Chip Roy, Texas Republican, pointed out that the deadliest hurricane in North American history remains the 1900 Great Galveston Storm, which killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people, making landfall well before the rise of atmospheric carbon-dioxide emissions.
What’s more, he said, low-income communities will be the hardest hit if climate change initiatives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing are enacted.
“Let’s talk about the massive violation of civil liberties that will occur if we do as Elizabeth Warren has said, and ban fracking,” said Mr. Roy. “Let’s crush the American economy and crush the jobs not only in Texas but around the United States, and ban fracking in a fit of hysteria, undermining the very civil liberties of the Americans that depend on that affordable and available abundant energy.”
This hearing about climate change and fossil fuels coincides with a New York “climate fraud” trial centered on ExxonMobile and what it “knew” about climate change effects decades ago. According to Roy, this hearing is a dog and pony show meant to generate media outrage.
“The purpose of this hearing seems to be to stir up a media frenzy and provide a storyline for the current court case in New York, a case that isn’t even about allegedly covering up the truth about climate change anymore, but about accounting disagreements,” noted Roy.
The effects of social justice adherence never seem to be good, and here we see an elected member of Congress sinking so far into racism that she’s blaming the creation of hurricanes — a natural event that has been occurring since well before the age of industrialization — on white people.
Ocasio-Cortez also made a wild claim recently, blaming the California wildfires on climate change, and putting the fault for that at the feet of the GOP. However, upon tweeting out this assertion, much of Twitter fired back and corrected her falsehoods.