By Opehlia Garrett
The heat being thrown the way of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is enough to further global warming, if global warming was scientifically proven. Fellow Democrats have called out the Congresswoman for her actions and “arrest” while showing contempt for the Supreme Court last week. According to her colleagues, AOC should be spending more time in her office and less time protesting.
Last week AOC was seen faking being handcuffed by Capitol Police while protesting over the “right” to murder babies. Her actions caused colleagues, including her fellow Democrats, to accuse the congresswoman of spending her time in publicity stunts instead of congressional work.
“A couple of the most highly respected health policy academics recently set up a meeting with AOC’s office to discuss NHS-style healthcare reform,” said a medical student, who uses the Twitter handle @jai_lies.
He continued, “They were told bluntly by AOC’s staff, ‘we’re not doing healthcare right now.’ So while she’s doing performative resistance art for the cameras she’s ‘not doing healthcare right now.’ We are in the middle of two pandemics & people are still dying because they lack healthcare. This is not fighting.”
New York State Senator Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) tweeted: “Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on. Just saying, it would be nice if you breathed our air. So, as an employer, what happens with the staffer who said this?”
Ramos’ “breathe our air” reference was a direct quote from AOC’s claim in a campaign video released in May 2018, criticizing another elected official for being absent from the office and out of touch with constituents. Ocasio-Cortez had stated, "...A Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn’t live here, doesn’t send his kids to our schools, doesn’t drink our water or breathe our air cannot possibly represent us."
According to House records, AOC is frequently away from her D.C office as well as the district office. She has asked to vote by proxy via a letter to the House clerk 26 times, including on 11 occasions this year and four in May alone.
“Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building. She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”- New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) via Twitter