I haven’t seen the right-wing in America so afraid of someone since Hillary Clinton. Clearly, though, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents a new generation of smart, well-educated, persuasive female progressives that scares the ever-loving hell out of conservatives and Republicans. They will claim it’s because AOC represents some radical form of anti-American socialism, but the rest of us know it’s because she represents a return to the baseline progressive economic values that ushered us out of the Depression, through World War II, and into the Cold War with marginal tax rates that went above and beyond the 70% rate right-wing America titters over.
But I think they really get terrified by AOC for one simple reason: She wins, bigly.
In just a few short weeks, Ocasio-Cortez has strengthened the anti-Trump Resistance forces in the House. In every hearing that she’s a part of, she asks relevant, important, and often exculpatory questions of witnesses from the Trump campaign, or its surrogates. For every “OMG AOC said that water isn’t wet” posts from Turning Point USA that you see, there are at least 20 minutes of AOC shredding Trumplodytes. There’s a good chance that AOC, through her questioning of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen in the House Oversight Committee, blazed a path down which Democrats can subpoena the Trump tax records we know contain secrets President Tiny Handed Moron want revealed.
And yesterday, in truly “must see” congressional action (and I cannot believe I actually typed that because it’s generally not remotely true), Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez once more showed her value to her own team, while simultaneously broadcasting the true, existential threat she poses to entrenched Republican corruption. It came when she was questioning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about why he allowed Kansas Racist-Ass Moron Kris Kobach to force a citizenship question onto the 2020 census.
The reason Trumpers want the question is simple — white supremacy. The census determines congressional representative apportionment, and they are desperate to prove that 12.5 trillion illegal Mexican-ish immigrants are skewing that number, and ripping the power from good, clean, ammo hoarding, God fearing American couch potatriots.
To be clear, Ross has the authority to add questions to the Census. But he has to get congressional authorization first. And that’s where AOC brought her knives to bear. As much as it might come as a shock to many of you, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez thinks the Trump administration might have acted like the laws don’t apply to them, and she put the hammer down on Ross hard. Not only did she ask questions about whether Ross lied about discussing the change with Herr Kobach, but also about properly reporting the change to Congress.
In testimony to a congressional committee controlled by his own party, Ross last year claimed the Department of Justice issued the directive for the change. But emails show that was a lie, and that Ross heavily lobbied DOJ to send the letter requesting a change. AOC pounced on that.
“It’s all there in black and white. Kobach is clear about his reason for adding the citizenship question in his correspondence to you,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It has nothing to do with DOJ. It has nothing to do with the Voting Rights Act. It is about congressional apportionment to immigrants.” (Business Insider)
What’s really great about watching this exchange is that Ocasio-Cortez is so undaunted by Ross’s attempts to either play dumb or stonewall. It’s hard to imagine that Donny Tiny Hands was very happy with his commerce secretary’s performance yesterday. He comes off as weak, older than dirt, and frankly incompetent AF. I particularly enjoy that when Ross tried to squirm out of answering a question that he knew would catch him in the lie, Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the committee, stepped in and re-asked AOC’s question, insisting on a written, under-oath response
Watch AOC pummel Ross, below:
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