Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s month just went from bad to worse, courtesy of a member of her infamous “Squad.”
We reported yesterday on how left-wing commentators, media figures, and their unhinged celebrity pals were reaching for the absolute bottom of the barrel in their cheap shots on Republican members of the House and Senate who were getting the coronavirus vaccine.
But Republican lawmakers have not been the only ones on the receiving end of criticism for “getting the coronavirus vaccine first” ahead of frontline healthcare workers and nursing homes. Democrats have been as well, although the people taking swipes at them have mostly made it more of a general criticism of all elected officials and others who they view as jumping in line ahead of people who they say need it more.
Case in point, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who appeared to be throwing some serious shade at her fellow Squad member AOC in a Sunday tweet response to a writer who had questions about why the “top political leadership” was receiving the vaccine “ahead of others.”
It all started when “The Ink” publisher/writer Anand Giridharadas tweeted out his question asking why politicians were getting the vaccine before others:
Serious question. Is seemingly our entire top political leadership getting the vaccine ahead of others because of their age or their importance?
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) December 20, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez, who on Saturday did a live Instagram video broadcast that showed her receiving her first dose of the vaccine and answering questions, chimed in with a response about how she supposedly went to get hers because it was a national security matter or something:
If it was within indiv power to “give” the vaccine to someone else, I would! But according to these protocols, there’s a chance it could have just been stored.
There’s also a real risk in this age of misinfo of how it would be weaponized if leaders refused to take it en masse
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 20, 2020
Note the time stamp on her answers, and then note the one on this response from Omar to the same tweet from Giridharadas:
It would makes sense if it was age, but unfortunately it’s of importance and its shameful.
We are not more important then frontline workers, teachers etc. who are making sacrifices everyday.
Which is why I won’t take it.
People who need it most, should get it.
Full stop. https://t.co/JQgMftm5wX
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 20, 2020
In other words, Omar, who tweeted just a few minutes after AOC posted her answer, didn’t appear to be buying what AOC was selling at all.
I have to say that in spite of my frequent disagreements with Omar, I agree with her (and her Democratic colleague Rep. Tulsi Gabbard) on this one. Why shouldn’t those on the frontlines and those who are most at risk for serious complications from catching the virus be the first to receive the vaccine?
In any event, I gotta admit that I did not have “Fractures Emerge Within the Squad” on my 2020 bingo card, but there you have it.
Let’s hope there is more of that – much more – in 2021.