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December 9, 2021

AOC Blasts Republicans’ Gun-Wielding Holiday Photos

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Republican lawmakers for posting holiday photos wherein they pose with guns.

Ocasio-Cortez singled out far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who posted a picture of her family holding rifles in front of a Christmas tree.

“Tell me again where Christ said ‘use the commemoration of my birth to flex violent weapons for personal political gain’?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“Lol @ all the years Republicans spent on cultural hysteria of society ‘erasing Christmas and it’s [sic] meaning’ when they’re doing that fine all on their own.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was recently criticized after posting a similar photo of his family holding rifles in front of a Christmas tree days after the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan.

“Merry Christmas! PS: Santa, please bring ammo,” Massie wrote.

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AOC speaks out against Republicans’ gun-wielding Christmas photos

November 17, 2021

House censures GOP rep for posting violent video depicting slaying of AOC

The House voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and remove him from his committees over a violent social media post.

Censures are rare in the House, with the last one occurring over a decade ago. But Democratic leaders moved with haste after Gosar posted an anime video last week that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and attacking President Joe Biden.

“Violence against women, workplace harassment, legal matters in terms of threatening a member and threatening the president of the United States,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said. “We have to address it immediately … it’s outrageous on the part of the Republican leadership not to act upon this.”

The formal admonishment will remove Gosar from both the Natural Resources and House Oversight committees, the latter of which Ocasio-Cortez is also a member.

“It is sad,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of Congress is wrong.”

A House divided

Gosar deleted the video and issued a statement explaining his reasoning, but he did not offer an apology.

“I do not espouse violence towards anyone. I never have. It was not my purpose to make anyone upset. I voluntarily took the cartoon down, not because it was itself a threat, but because some thought it was. Out of compassion for those who generally felt offense, I self-censored,” Gosar said.

For some Republicans, Gosar’s statement and removal of the video were sufficient, and any further punishment was not necessary.

“I always give people the benefit of the doubt. Although I certainly disagree with the cartoon or whatever it was, he said he’s sorry. He certainly explained that he understands why it’s not right,” Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.).

Some lawmakers reasoned that Gosar’s post exacerbated bipartisan tensions and violent rhetoric.

“It threatens members of Congress, but if we allow him to get away with it, anybody can be threatened,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.). “It also is a lightning rod to individuals who are crazy enough to try to carry something out — it gives the message that this would be OK.”

“It is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of Congress is wrong.”

Some House members opposed the censure because of its implications.

“I’m going to vote against it. It’s too broad. They’re taking unnecessary shots at Republicans,” said Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) ahead of the vote. “If we take over the House next year, the same thing can happen to Democrats.”

Democrats largely dismissed GOP claims that Democrats might face similar consequences if the House flips in the midterm elections, saying Gosar is an extreme example.

“If Democrats do something as egregious as Mr. Gosar they ought to be censured about it,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-N.Y.). “This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue about safety. Not inciting violence and acting in a way that is consistent with what the House ought to expect. Mr. Gosar did not do that.”

Censures are a rarity

Censures are rare in the House, with only 23 members ever being officially rebuked. The last censure was against then-Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) in 2010 for misusing federal resources, filing inaccurate financial disclosure forms, and failing to pay taxes on a rental property in the Dominican Republic.

“Censure should not be frivolous. This is a 10-year gap [from] the last time we did censure. I don’t like having the responsibility of punishing members,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). “But what struck me was the reckless lack of consideration of what the remarks through a video would do in terms of the safety and security of the president of the United States and a member of Congress.”

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House to vote on censuring Gosar over posting violent video

October 11, 2021

The Squad increases pressure on Biden over student loan debt

Members of “The Squad” are turning up the pressure on President Biden to explore his authority to cancel student loan debt.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are leading the charge. The group, led by Omar, sent a letter to Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, imploring the administration to release the memo regarding student loan cancellation by Oct. 22.

“President Biden can cancel student debt with the flick of a pen,” Omar tweeted. “Today, we are calling on the Administration to release the memo on student debt cancellation and [cancel student debt].”

“This authority is already being put to use, as it is currently being used to cancel the interest owned on all federally-held student loans,” the letter read. “Now it is the time for you to honor your campaign pledge and use this authority to cancel all student debt.”

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that Biden does not have the authority to cancel student debt unilaterally.

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AOC, Omar crank up pressure on Biden to release student loan memo, cancel debt

September 24, 2021

Ted Cruz issues challenge to AOC, democrats to ‘go see the Biden cages’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued an inflammatory challenge to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other House Democrats to visit the “Biden cages” holding migrants at the border.

“Mr. President, every Democrat who stood up and lamented kids in cages, in the House of Representatives, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, has a famous photo of her grasping her head by the kids in cages,” Cruz said. “Well, I’m going to give a simple challenge for Representative Ocasio-Cortez and for every Democrat in this body. Go see the Biden cages with your own eyes.”

The photo Cruz referenced is from Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 visit to a facility housing migrant children in West Texas. The congresswoman received widespread criticism for the photos, with some calling it a staged photo-op.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office responded to the criticism at the time, saying the allegations are “in no way related to reality or truth.”

Cruz made his comments during a Senate floor speech amid the ongoing border crisis that saw over 14,000 Haitian migrants under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

“Why does Joe Biden refuse to go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if he goes, the TV cameras will come with him,” Cruz said. “Why does Kamala Harris, who’s supposed to be the border czar, she’s supposed to be in charge of this, why won’t she go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if she went, the TV cameras would come and would show the Biden cages.”

“Nothing to see here. Anyone want to know what Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor is? That’s the news!”

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Cruz mocks Ocasio-Cortez in Senate floor speech, challenges Dems to ‘go see the Biden cages’

September 15, 2021

Met Gala highlights the M.O. of the elites: do as we say, not as we do (opinion)

Vogue held its annual Met Gala on Monday night, and the event highlighted the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Members of the elite were able to forgo masks, while the hired help wore required face coverings.

One particularly eyebrow-raising inclusion was the presence of the self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who donned a custom designer gown emblazoned with the phrase “Tax the Rich.”

Tickets to this year’s event cost as much as $35,000 per person — a steep rise after Vogue‘s long-time editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, complained in 2014 that the event wasn’t exclusive enough at a measly $15,000 per ticket.

The Met Gala’s red carpet is said to be “outdoors” even though it is surrounded by tent walls and other structures, and still leaving the question of why workers need to be masked in the same area.

Glenn Greenwald, “The Masking of the Servant Class: Ugly COVID Images From the Met Gala Are Now Commonplace”

This instance is just a continuation that starkly highlights the difference in what COVID-19 guidelines you have to follow, seemingly based on your status or tax bracket.

Last November, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) enjoyed a maskless dinner with other state health officials one month after he told the public to “keep your mask on in between bites.”

Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held an event for donors in Napa. Tickets ranged from $100 to $29,000. Video of the event shows tables packed with maskless attendees, even though Pelosi and her party routinely push for strict mask mandates.

Similarly, at former President Barack Obama’s birthday party, 400 maskless guests attended his 60th birthday bash at his sprawling $12 million weekend estate on Martha’s Vineyard. Reportedly, only the staff wore masks.

Though some took exception to Obama’s lavish party, New York Times reporter Annie Karni argued that the impositions only applied to ordinary people.

[The controversy] is really being overblown. They’re following all the safety requirements. People are going to sporting events that are bigger than this. This is going to be safe. This is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd and this is just about optics. It’s not about safety.

Annie Karni, CNN

All of this back and forth may leave you wondering which rules you’re meant to follow. The answer seems to depend on one factor alone: your tax bracket.

It is a powerful symbol of the growing rot at the core of America’s cultural and social balkanization: a maskless elite attended to by a permanently faceless servant class. The country’s workers have long been faceless in a figurative sense, and now, thanks to extremely selective application of decisively unscientific COVID restrictions, that condition has become literal.

Glenn Greenwald, “The Masking of the Servant Class: Ugly COVID Images From the Met Gala Are Now Commonplace”

Photo by Matt A.J. licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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