Tuesday night, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to MSNBC to blast President Donald J. Trump for funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after Trump’s Oval Office Address on border security.
“On the day of Christmas, a child died in ICE custody,” she told Rachel Maddow, feigning outrage. “The President should not be asking for money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights. The President should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all.”
Political theater and hyperbole aside, Ocasio-Cortez’s rant was not only cringeworthy, but also hypocritical, true to leftist form.
On Jan.3, she voted “Aye” on H.J.Res. 1: Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.
ICE is an agency within DHS, which Ocasio-Cortez voted in favor of funding.
The continuing resolution said:
This was the vote on the House Democrats’ continuing resolution to reopen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the midst of the government shutdown beginning on December 22, 2018. The resolution does not include $5.6 billion in funding for a southern border wall, and as such the President has stated that he will not sign it, adding that he would be willing to continue the shutdown for months or years.
The resolution would fund DHS until February 8, which House Democrats argue would give time to come to an agreement about the border wall without continuing the shutdown. House Democrats issued a press release on passage of the resolution.
In other words, less than one week after voting to fund ICE, Ocasio-Cortez blasted to President for funding ICE.
Leftists like AOC have their talking points laid out. They toe the line and say what they are supposed to say for Democratic Party optics. It is all for show – to keep voters happy while they grab more power from the American people.
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HUGE: Mitt Romney Spokesman Reveals He’s Not an Automatic ‘No’ On SCOTUS Nominee Confirmation
Romney might vote to confirm a nominee.
Mitt Romney isn’t an automatic ‘no’ vote for a Supreme Court nominee in the Senate, contrary to initial reports suggesting that he would be.
Initial reports- just hours after Ginsberg’s death- from an anonymous(as usual) source claiming to be a Romney ‘insider’ had suggested that the Utah Senator was already planning to refuse a confirmation vote for a tentative Trump administration SCOTUS nominee.
— Jim Dabakis (@JimDabakis) September 19, 2020
Senator Romney’s communications director, Liz Johnson, refuted the report just hours after former Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis claimed to have been privy to it.
— Liz Johnson (@LJ0hnson) September 19, 2020
A similar report had come out at the time of Ginsberg’s death, claiming that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was also planning to vote no on a potential Trump administration nominee. This report that was also promptly corrected by a Grassley spokesperson.
This is a game changer for the potential confirmation prospects of a Trump administration Supreme Court nominee. It leaves Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski as the only outstanding Republican ‘no’ votes on a nominee, hypothetically opening up a possibility of 51 votes(if every single Democrat votes against a SCOTUS nominee) to confirm a judge in the Senate.
It’s even possible to confirm a SCOTUS judge with fifty votes and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker, but an extra potential vote would give Senate Republicans breathing room for error.
Romney is known for his liberal sympathies, but he has not come out in opposition to a SCOTUS nominee as of yet. He’ll doubtlessly receive a load of invective and hate from the progressive left for refusing to instantly ice a new judge, especially if he actually votes in favor of the confirmation of the eventual nominee.
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