AOC Downplays Slavery While Whining About Noncitizens Not Being Able to Vote

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found a rather odd way to celebrate Black History Month. While ranting about Republicans not letting non-citizens vote in elections, she intimated that perhaps chattel slavery wasn’t all that bad, by comparing the plight of these individuals to those who had their rights violated in one of the most egregious of ways.

On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez participated in a debate over a resolution that would disapprove of a D.C. city council law that would allow non-citizens and illegal aliens to vote in local elections. Predictably, Democrats thought the proposal was a great idea and excoriated Republicans for disagreeing with it.

But it was AOC who gave the most bizarre argument in favor of allowing illegals and non-citizens to vote. She argued that Republicans “claim they believe in the sacred right to vote while denying that right to vote to an overwhelmingly black city,” and said the GOP was attempting to “meddle into the business of D.C. residents.”

She added: “They’re singling out the residents of the District of Columbia and expanding in the history of disenfranchisement that goes all the way back to the legacy of slavery.”

It was the same kind of pandering that AOC and her ilk engaged in when Republicans voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her committee position. “There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack, except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body,” she bloviated.

Fox News explained:

The District of Columbia was explicitly created in the Constitution as an area designated as “the Seat of the Government of the United States.” Congress has a unique authority under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to reject laws passed by the D.C. Council, which is why lawmakers occasionally consider legislation affecting the district.

GOP leaders have said Congress has an interest in making sure the district doesn’t disenfranchise U.S. citizens by allowing non-citizens to vote, and some has said giving non-citizens this privilege will only make the immigration crisis worse.

Republicans also pointed out that Mayor Muriel Bowser refrained from signing the law. Even the Washington Post’s editorial board disagreed with the proposal – but I bet AOC won’t pretend they are racist.

But this is the type of folderol the progressive left has embraced for years. They conjure the spectre of slavery and Jim Crow whenever they come across a policy stance they don’t like.

Remember when Republican states passed election integrity laws after the 2020 presidential election? President Joe Biden and his merry band of Democrats in Congress, along with members of the activist media, went on a nationwide tour to convince the American people that the laws were a form of “Jim Crow 2.0.” They pretended that these laws would bring us back to the days of Bull Connor and that black people would not be able to vote.

But what is truly galling about this situation is that allowing illegals and non-citizens to vote actually hurts the black community – the people progressives claim to care most about. Indeed, in New York City, black voters sued the Board of Elections over a similar law, arguing that letting people from other countries participate in local elections would dilute the political power of black citizens.

Fox News reported:

According to the 2019 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census, 1,219,776 foreign nationals reside in Bronx, Kings, New York, and Queens Counties, and of that total, 488,030 are Hispanic and 343,018 are Asian. New York City has approximately five million active registered voters, so foreign citizen voters could make up 15% or more of the electorate in future local elections, the lawsuit notes. This is greater than the margin of victory in many municipal elections.

D.C.’s population is predominantly black, so it is easy to see how the law AOC favors could wrest power away from these residents. But, as we already know, progressives don’t care about black people beyond using them as political pawns. Ocasio-Cortez is a prime example.


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