Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on the campus of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
I haven’t written about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in a while, but she tweeted something over the weekend that was so staggeringly devoid of self-awareness that it needs to be called out.
Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last month in a move that surprised very few people, shared a video of her talking to Iowa voters on Sanders’ behalf and giving speeches where she talked about bringing the Democratic party “home.” Sanders shared the same video.
During one speech snippet in the clip, AOC stated that “it’s time that we become the party of FDR again.” Watch below:
I want to be the party of the New Deal again.
The party of the Civil Rights Act,
the one that electrified this nation and fights for all people.
For that, many would call us radical.
But we aren’t “pushing the party left,”
we are bringing the party home.pic.twitter.com/wLeDaxCHkZ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 17, 2019
“It’s time that we become the party of FDR again.
It’s time for us to become the party of the Civil Rights Act again.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 16, 2019
This isn’t the first time she’s made this declaration. Back in September, she made similar remarks during a fundraising event in Colorado:
Ocasio-Cortez, widely known as AOC, invoked former President Franklin Roosevelt, the father of the Depression-era New Deal and another New Yorker known by his initials, several times during her 20-minute speech, which was interrupted numerous times by applause from the roughly 1,000 attendees at the 44th annual fundraising Truman dinner for the Boulder County Democratic Party.
If Democrats want to “live up to our values,” she said, “we are going to have to become a stronger party, a braver party and a more innovative party. We need to earn the right to represent people in this country. The way that we do that as a party is to come home to our FDR roots as a party. We need to come home and make sure that the Democratic Party is the progressive party once more.”
With that in mind, let’s turn things over to the Twitter users who helpfully reminded her about some of FDR’s signature “accomplishments”:
AOC: detention centers are concentration camps and bad
Also AOC: we should be the party of internment camps again
— Noah (@reeb1011) November 17, 2019
Party of Japanese Internment? Yup, that was FDR. Ok Boomer.
— MrSubsidiarity (@MrSubsidiarity) November 16, 2019
Ummm was FDR for the civil rights of Japanese Americans? pic.twitter.com/Dv0MTe8FKi
— JD – Man I hate roads (@anarchy_jd) November 17, 2019
Like the time FDR interned Japanese-Americans, Truman dropped the atom bomb, and LBJ sent a half million troops to Vietnam? That antiwar party?
— Alex Joffe (@DrAlexJoffe) November 17, 2019
The Dems filibustered the civil rights act for 75 days in the Senate when it was introduced to the floor…learn your History…unless, of course, this is the kind of action you were referring to🤨
— jk9407 (@JK199407) November 17, 2019
The New Deal was a disaster and Democrats didn’t exactly support the Civil Rights Act as a whole soooo …
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) November 17, 2019
FDR totally decimated our Constitutional Republic by instantiating effectively a fourth branch of government; and when the Supreme Court pushed back, FDR threatened to pack the Court to get his way.
— Caleb (@CalebHarrison2) November 17, 2019
Dunking on AOC is so easy a caveman can do it. But you’ve still gotta do it.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –