Multiple Witnesses: AOC Screaming at Border Patrol Agents in ‘Threatening Manner’ During Tour

H/T Western Journal.

I think I can safely say that Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has some severe mental issues.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez managed to make more headlines Monday after traveling with 13 other House Democrats to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas.

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Question: “Do you have any comment about what was posted about you in the alleged Facebook group?”

Rep. @AOC: “I think it’s just indicative of the violent culture that we saw.” http://hill.cm/wb5d4Ow 

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After the group entered the El Paso Station on Hondo Pass Drive and received a briefing about the operations there, Ocasio-Cortez — who longs to be the center of attention in any situation — wandered off to a migrant holding area.

The Washington Examiner reported that witnesses said the freshman lawmaker eventually emerged and began to yell, in a threatening manner, at Border Patrol agents. “She comes out screaming at our agents, right at the beginning [of the tour] … Crying and screaming and yelling,” one witness reportedly said.

Anna Giaritelli, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, relayed the information in a Monday tweet.

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SCOOP: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., screamed at federal law enforcement agents “in a threatening manner” during a visit to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, Monday afternoon and refused to tour the facility, according to two people who witnessed it.

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Not only did she allegedly throw a fit, she told the other members of the group that she refused to go on a tour of the facility and instead stayed with a migrant family. “The agents, they wanted to respond, but they held back because she’s a congressional delegate. But when you have someone yelling at you in a threatening manner … ” the same witness reportedly said. “They were like, ‘Hey, you need to kinda step back.’”

As expected, Ocasio-Cortez used the visit to further exaggerate and dramatize the situation on the U.S. border, describing in a series of tweets the “horrifying” experience she witnessed.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

After I forced myself into a cell w/ women&began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as “psychological warfare” – waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc.

Tell me what about that is due to a “lack of funding?”

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@AOC

Now I’m on my way to Clint, where the Trump admin was denying children toothpaste and soap.

This has been horrifying so far. It is hard to understate the enormity of the problem. We’re talking systemic cruelty w/ a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals.

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Within her tweet storm, she referenced an earlier situation that allegedly involved a “secret” Facebook group of border agents who were threatening her, according to Fox News. She then accused agents of making women at the holding facility drink out of toilets.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

Just left the 1st CBP facility.

I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me.

Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets.

This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.

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 also claimed that a Border Patrol agent familiar with past congressional visits, such as those by Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar, have never reported anything similar to what Ocasio-Cortez described, even after visiting the facilities “15 times.”

“We’ve never hidden anything from her,” the official said.

Of course, without video of the incident, we might never know exactly what took place — and I’m willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt. But something like this is not out of character for Ocasio-Cortez; going into full “drama queen” mode to score headlines and attention is definitely in her wheelhouse.

She already faces a credibility problem.

It’s difficult to take Ocasio-Cortez seriously, given her past outrageous comments and dramatic outbursts such as allegedly yelling at U.S. Border Patrol agents, or the fact that she compared the facilities to “concentration camps” earlier in June.

And one has to question her reasoning for refusing to tour the facility with the rest of her group. Was it because she knew she would see the immigrants there are not being treated as inhumanely as she claims them to be?

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that Ocasio-Cortez prepared this staged, dramatic tantrum to help push her false narrative and continue to attack the Trump administration on border policy. It’s cheap and easy bait for the liberal mainstream media.

If she wants to make a change in policy, she’ll learn that the proper way is through U.S. Congress and not by screaming at others who are simply doing their jobs.

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AOC Says Border Patrol Made Illegals Drink TOILET Water – Officials Call BS On AOC

H/T Clash Daily.

Here is a look at toilets used in prison and no doubt they are the same in the detention centers.

For the Delusional DemocRats, the sink and toilet are different and if you look in the right-hand corner there is a place to drink from.

I say these setups for ten years I spent as a Correctional Officer.

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You’ve gotta hand it to her consistency — she never misses a chance to politicize and weaponize any issue.

The kick she’s on now is taking the creation she PERSONALLY helped create by (a) refusing to change the immigration policy, or even acknowledge it was an emergency, (b) REDUCE the funding for beds available for the holding of detainees who have come across the border and (c) bully companies that do business with the Border Agents — including Wayfair sending mattresses for the children to sleep on.

Take THAT, Border Agents! No mattresses for YOU! That’ll learn ya!

We’re still not sure how depriving children she pretends to care so much about of necessities like shelter or mattresses gives her the moral high ground on ANYTHING, but her acolytes seem to be lapping it up.

Now, since that staged photo op of ‘feigned horror’ at the ‘cages’ blew up in her face so dramatically…

American Patriot@AmericanPat1973

@AOC joins in on the fake news photo ops. Pretending to be crying seeing illegal children in cages when in fact she was looking through a fence directly into an empty parking lot!

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… she’s taken a trip to see them herself. Or so we’re told.

She’s got a lot to say about how everything sucks and it’s all Trump’s fault. (Neo-Soviet that she is, this is obviously the only song she knows how to sing.)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday that illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers detained at a pair of U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations she visited are ‘drinking out of toilets’ – a claim an agency official quickly denied.

Speaking outside a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, she raged: ‘There’s abuse in these facilities.’

‘This was them knowing a congressional visit was coming. This was CBP on their best behavior. Telling people to drink out of the toilet.’

AOC said she ‘forced’ herself into a cell with detainees and one woman told her officers were waging ‘psychological warfare’ and that the agents often called them ‘wh***s.’

The 29-year-old congresswoman claimed officers laughed at migrants drinking out of toilets.

…But a CBP official said Monday in the early evening that plumbing fixtures at the locations Ocasio-Cortez visited are standard-issue jail appliances with sinks that dispense safe drinking water attached to toilets in a single unit.

‘Of course that’s what we have,’ the official said. ‘No one is drinking toilet water. They’re drinking potable water from the sink attached to the toilet. It’s what you would find in every municipal jail in the United States.’
Source: DailyMail

Think something more or less along the lines of this:

Actually, a LOT like those, as evidenced by a judicial photo from 2016.

You’d expect that an elected official in such a position was perfectly professional, and not an emotionally over-wrought child — right? Then you must be talking about someone OTHER than AOC, whose entire schtick is emotional outbursts and drama.

Here’s another perspective on her visit:

“She comes out screaming at our agents, right at the beginning [of the tour] … Crying and screaming and yelling,” said one witness who said he was stunned by the outburst in front of approximately 40 people.

“The agents, they wanted to respond, but they held back because she’s a congressional delegate. But when you have someone yelling at you in a threatening manner … ” the same person said. “They were like, ‘Hey, you need to kinda step back.’”
Source: Washington Examiner

Not a good look. It continues…

A second official said she went in and out of the cell during the group’s briefing nearby and returned to the group several times to share information she had learned from detainees, including that one person had drunk from a toilet.

The congresswoman told the group she would not go with the 13 other House Democrats on the tour of the facility and stayed with the family.

…“Something under her breath, ‘Oh, all these guys in here are gonna f–k me.’ The agents are standing there behind the computers. One of the agents laughed at something he was saying to another agent, and she got irate and flipped out,” the second Border Patrol official said. “Now they’re under investigation for it. She took it as they were laughing at her and screams at them and says, ‘What’s so funny?’”

…The congresswoman, who led a charge in 2018 to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recounted the scene differently in a social media post afterward and did not mention yelling at agents.

…The agent on scene said the congresswoman misrepresented why a person in custody had drunk from a toilet.

“So this is what happened with the migrant and drinking water from toilet: she wanted water, didn’t know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet. She never told AOC that we made her drink from the toilet. AOC, of course, changed it … This was when she [the migrant] was apprehended and brought into the facility,” according to the agent.
Source: Washington Examiner

So not only is she thin-skinned, vindictive, prone to dishing out personal attacks, bouts of hyperbolic indignation, outright lies in the service of her ‘righteous’ cause and so on…

But she’s an emotional wreck on top of everything else.

Oh great. She’ll be a fantastic help in solving problems.

Just as soon as she recognizes that she’s been the one creating them.

WOW: OCASIO-CORTEZ STARTS COVERING HER TRACKS AFTER FACING POSSIBLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

H/T Three Percenter Nation.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex is reacting like a typical swamp monster.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running scared and working to cover her tracks now that the walls are closing in on her.

It started when journalist Luke Thompson discovered that the 29-year-old’s boyfriend had a campaign email address.

Ocasio-Cortez insisted that he only had the campaign email address for the purpose of checking her calendar and was not on her staff.

But then it was discovered that her boyfriend did have a job working for her chief of staff during the campaign.

And on Monday it was discovered that that same chief of staff appears to have moved $1 million from a PAC he and Ocasio-Cortez run to his private companies.

Not to mention the fact that a campaign is not supposed to have any ties to the PACs that support the

Both Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager Saikat Chakrabarti could be facing some significant prison time if they are guilty

And now in an effort to cover her tracks apparently, she has gotten rid of the original email address that started the investigating.

“Fun fact: his email address no longer exists. Guess he doesn’t need calendar access anymore, eh @AOC?” Thompson wrote.

Jen Monroe 🗽🌐@jenniferm_q

To think this all started from @ltthompso asking questions about an email address

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JUST IN: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff accused of hiding more than $1 million in campaign cash https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/4/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-chief-staff-saikat-chakra/ #AOC

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Watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.

The Washington Examiner reported.

Chakrabarti’s campaigns raised $3.3 million and diverted more than $1 million to his companies, the Washington Examiner reported.

He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress.

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC. Shifting the funds avoided detailed disclosure requirements of itemized expenses.

“None of that makes any sense,” former FEC lawyer Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center told the publication. “I can’t even begin to disentangle that. They’re either confused or they’re trying to conceal something.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to an inquiry from The Washington Times on Monday in her usual defiant manner.

“He’s not on my payroll. They were not working for me and they are two separate entities here,” she said. “This is the difference between an LLC and a PAC.”

But she is in her own jam with some chicanery that was done between the PACs and her campaign for Congress, as we reported.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti could be facing prison time for a major campaign finance violation.

The two were running a PAC that supported her campaign in the 2018 election which is a major no no and now they could be forced to pay the consequences, The Daily Caller reported.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti obtained majority control of Justice Democrats PAC in December 2017, according to archived copies of the group’s website, and the two appear to retain their control of the group, according to corporate filings obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. If the Federal Election Commission (FEC) finds that the New York Democrat’s campaign operated in affiliation with the PAC, which had raised more than $1.8 million before her June 2018 primary, it would open them up to “massive reporting violations, probably at least some illegal contribution violations exceeding the lawful limits,” former FEC commissioner Brad Smith said.

Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign, and former FEC commissioners say the arrangement could lead to multiple campaign finance violations. The group backed 12 Democrats during the 2018 midterms, but Ocasio-Cortez was the only one of those to win her general election.

Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky told The Daily Caller News Foundation “If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions.”

And another former commissioner of the FEC, Brad Smith, said if “a complaint were filed, I would think it would trigger a serious investigation.”

“At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she and [Chakrabarti] are two of them, sure looks like you can see the blaze,” Smith said. “I don’t really see any way out of it.”

Smith also told the DCNF that both Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti could face serious fines and significant prison time if a complaint is filed.

“It looks like the campaign and PAC are under common control and the PAC was funding campaign staff and activities as an alter-ego of the campaign committee, which would be a blatant abuse of the PAC rules,” Charlie Spies, a Republican election attorney, said.

Justice Democrats stated on its website from December 2017 until two weeks after Ocasio-Cortez’s June 2018 primary victory that she and Chakrabarti held “legal control” of the PAC, and corporate filings obtained by TheDCNF show that the two still serve on the three-member board of Justice Democrats on paper.

Political committees are affiliated if they are “established, financed, maintained or controlled by … the same person or group of persons,” federal election law states.

Ocasio-Cortez credits Justice Democrats for recruiting her to run for Congress in May 2017. She tweeted that the group got her campaign up and running by helping “with all that stuff a normal person would need (what forms to fill out? etc).”

Ocasio-Cortez paid a combined $27,293 to Justice Democrats and to what was effectively its predecessor, Brand New Congress LLC, for administrative, staffing and overhead services from the time she declared her candidacy to her shock primary victory, according to FEC records. Ocasio-Cortez only began paying her staffers directly through her campaign beginning in March 2018, according to her campaign reports.

America will never be a socialist country

H/T The Washington Times.

Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried.

Sadly Crazy Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Occasional Cortex think Socialism has failed because the right people were not in charge for example them.

Socialism always has and always will fail.

Communism looks good on paper but in practice, it fails.

 

Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

— President Donald Trump, State of the Union Address February 5, 2019

Venezuela is a real-time example of the failure of socialism. Promises of prosperity frequently lead to poverty for the masses and all-too-often opens the door to brutal dictators.

Nicolas Maduro is such a ruler and we sadly see daily reminders of how far he is willing to go to maintain his power. More than 3 million people are part of the exodus from Venezuela, with another 2 million expected to leave by the end of the year.

Once one of the most prosperous countries in this hemisphere, Venezuela’s economy is falling apart. The socialism promoted by Mr. Maduro is hurting the people of his country. More than 9 out of 10 people live in poverty and the average citizen there has lost more than 20 pounds through malnutrition and deprivation.



Defenders of socialism dismiss Venezuela as an anomaly, but there are plenty of other examples: Cuba, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and North Korea to name a few. And who can forget the collapse of the Soviet Union or the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Where is the similar list of failed democratic republics supporting free enterprise?

Sadly, many liberal politicians still embrace socialism. Bernie Sanders was for socialism before it became cool on the left as it is today, and many of his advisers view Venezuela as a model. Scary.

Socialism has failed over and over again. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said it best, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money.”

She was right then and even more so now. No matter how much the government taxes the “wealthy,” there will never be enough to cover all of the costs connected with socialism.

Take the so-called Green New Deal. One group estimates the cost of the plan over a decade to be between $51 trillion and $93 trillion.

That would be on top of the federal government debt that already exceeds $22 trillion. The share of that debt for a child born today in America is $67,000 (more than double the average amount of student loan debt). Our kids and grandkids will pay the bills, and they will not have enough money to cover the costs of those bills.

Plus, socialism is not fair.

Again, Prime Minister Thatcher summed it up well when responding to a member of Parliament complain about “income inequality” saying, “The honorable Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich.”

She was right — yet again.

It increasingly seems that socialists and liberals (Democrats) are not so concerned about improving the lives of the poor as they are in taking from the presumed rich. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax is a prime example. She doesn’t just want to impose a tax on income. She wants to tax again what many saved up after being taxed on income.

That would be like telling a straight-A student that she has to share her grades with the other students. Most would agree that is not fair. So, instead of stealing her high grades, we should be focused on how we can help the other students improve their own education and get good grades.

Rather than imposing policies that weaken and shrink the economy, what about doing things that strengthen and grow it? Then, we can help people improve themselves with the education and skills that they need to succeed. That will help them get and then keep good-paying, family-supporting jobs.

President Ronald Reagan said it well on June 29, 1981:

“It’s time that we found ways to make the American economic pie bigger instead of just cutting an ever smaller pie into more but smaller slices. It’s time we welcomed those Americans into the circle of prosperity to let them share in the wonders of our society, and it’s time to break the cycle of dependency that has become the legacy of so many federal programs that no longer work — indeed, some of which never did work.”

In America, we know that true freedom and prosperity do not come from the clumsy hand of the government. They come from empowering people to live their own lives and control their own destinies through the dignity that is born of hard work. As I’ve said before, that’s why we celebrate the 4th of July and not April 15th, because in America we celebrate our independence from the government and our dependence on it.

That’s why we, the United States of America, will never be a socialist country.

 

How AOC Joins Choir Of Anti-Gunners Calling For Things In Ignorance

H/T Bearing Arms.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex running off at the mouth about things she knows nothing about.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t exactly setting the stage for her elevation to the ranks of elder statesmen. If there’s anything most folks expect from her, including many Democrats, it’s stupid comments.

The aftermath of the shooting at a California synagogue is, of course, no different as radio host Michael Knowles points out that AOC joins the ranks of anti-gunner stupidity.

So [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] tweets out, right after this happens, quote “heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting particularly so on this final day of Passover. We have a responsibility to love and protect our neighbors. The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on H.R. 8 the more we put Americans at risk.”

“Heartbroken to hear about this. We should protect our neighbors.” If you don’t vote for the very specific gun control legislation that I want you to vote for, you are basically responsible for shooting up a synagogue — that’s an inappropriate way to respond to a tragedy — inappropriate way to respond to a shooting in part because it’s just not true.

H.R. 8 is some more gun control legislation to expand background checks. No evidence whatsoever that this would have prevented this shooter from getting a gun. No evidence whatsoever that this would have prevented any of the other mass shootings that we have seen in recent years.

So, we ask ourselves, “How could we have prevented this shooting? How could we have stopped this, more gun control?” No. There is no evidence that any major gun control law that’s been proposed would have stopped any of these things. How about if law enforcement had somehow caught this guy earlier? I guess that would have stopped it, but how would they have caught the guy? The guy who did it had no prior contact with law enforcement…Maybe if we were able to catch mental illnesses earlier. Again, there’s no evidence this guy has a mental illness.

The killer in Poway, California had a plethora of gun control laws that did nothing to prevent him from obtaining a firearm, nor did it stop him from using that firearm in service to an evil cause. Claiming that federally-mandated universal background checks would have somehow prevented the senseless slaughter in the name of bigotry is only slightly less ignorant than the ideology that drove the murders in the first place.

California already requires background checks on every purchase.

Further, so far nothing in the killer’s background has shown any reason why he would have failed such a background check. Something might be there, but I haven’t seen it so far, which suggests there isn’t. In other words, he’d have passed any background check given.

Ocasio-Cortez–or Occasional Cortex, as she’s known amongst my crowd–is spouting stupidity in the name of advancing an agenda. Hardly surprising.

Participants In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Fun Run’ Didn’t Know They Were Donating To Her Campaign

H/T Godfather Politics.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has become a swamp monster.

She also proves that P.T.Barnum was correct when he said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Participants in a fun run organized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were unaware their registration fee was going towards her campaign.

The event on Saturday was billed as a family fun run supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal’ but a spokesman later revealed it was a campaign fundraiser.

“The site says it’s to benefit her environmental plan,” said one supporter who would not give his name. “If it is going to go directly to her campaign they should have said so.”

New York Post

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AOC raised over $11K for campaign in Queens ‘fund run’ https://trib.al/iyyZlfS 

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Fox News:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she billed as “a Family Fun Run supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day.”

But many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers.

“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health … and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” the freshman Democrat told the participants before they set off.

Environmentally conscious supporters — who jogged through Astoria Park alongside a beaming, strolling AOC — believed their money was going to help save the planet.

“It’s going to help raise awareness and educate people,” a female runner told The Post.

“I think it’s really for this particular New Green Deal,” said Brian Schwartz of Long Island. “No question.” More

The saddest part is that 99% of them don’t realize they were played for fools and the few who do realize it, will justify it by saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mean to make it that hard to figure out it was a donation directly to her campaign.

Alicia F. Luke@AliciaFixLuke

Who would have guessed she’s a hustler? https://nypost.com/2019/04/27/aoc-raised-over-11k-for-campaign-in-queens-fund-run/ 

AOC raised over $11K for campaign in Queens ‘fund run’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she promoted as supporting her Green New Deal. But many of the runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly

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Dr.moewill@Docmoewill

Another bait and switch. One of the oldest tricks in the Socialist hand book. Thanks AOC. The next trick is the Green New Deal switched to Bankrupt USA. Then Medicaid for all switch to after age 68 no treatment. Free stuff cost to much.

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Mark J. Cain ن@cainmarkj

Imagine that! This is all a big popularity show for @AOC that’s pushing a leftist political agenda. If @RepAOC was truly concerned about the people’s issues, she would do a lot more homework (e.g. about ), before opening her foot-shaped mouth.

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Gee…
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Surprise!
AOC has learned fast on how to HOODWINK the people. PERFECT Swamp dweller tactic…

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This is the worst kind of political deceit, as most of these kinds of events are used for charity and not for the politician’s war chest.

Ocasio-Cortez declares VA ‘isn’t broken,’ already provides top-notch care

H/T Fox News.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex is demonstrating her ignorance about the problems with the Veterans Administration.

The Veterans Administration is a giant cluster that needs to be revamped from the top to the bottom.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed during a recent town hall event that the Department of Veterans Affairs “isn’t broken” and is actually providing “some of the highest quality” care to veterans.

“All I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always taught me growing up, is that: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” she said in New York, as part of her argument against privatizing aspects of the scandal-scarred agency’s work.

“That is the opening approach we have seen when it comes to privatization, it’s the idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides some of the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until we don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said, in comments first reported by The Washington Examiner.

“They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and, ultimately they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first,” she said. “And so we have a responsibility to protect it.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were aimed at Trump administration efforts to expand choice and private health care options in the VA health care system, particularly via the MISSION Act — signed into law by President Trump last year.

The comments are likely to raise the ire of proponents advocating VA reform. The department was plagued by scandal during the Obama administration — including secret wait lists, systemic neglect and veterans dying while waiting to see a doctor.

“Putting our veterans first means making sure they are at the center of any reform efforts. That is exactly what the administration did with the VA MISSION Act — put the veteran ahead of the bureaucracy,” Dan Caldwell, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, told Fox News when asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s comments. “The VA is structured for a veteran population that has fundamentally changed from when it was built. Policy reforms should fundamentally change with the population and the times. When the resources follow the veteran, the veteran wins.”

“When resources go to prop up an aging and outdated bureaucracy, the veteran loses. It’s not about ‘fixing’ the VA, rather it is about making sure the focus of the VA is on the veteran, not itself,” he said.

Current VA Secretary Robert Wilkie is the fourth secretary to lead the VA in the past four years, while the VA’s $200 billion budget has doubled in the past decade.

Wilkie has since declared the VA to be making “groundbreaking progress,” on accountability, transparency and efficiency while touting the MISSION Act.

“Under President Trump, VA has done more in the last two years than it has in decades in reforming the department and improving care and benefits for our nation’s heroes,” he said in a Fox News op-ed in January, before saying there was still work to be done on issues such as suicide prevention.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments are part of an increasing ideological shift among Democrats questioning the benefits of private health care — with many now pushing single-payer forms of government-run health care for the population at large.

2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., this month unveiled his latest Medicare-for-all plan, signed onto by a number of other 2020 hopefuls. That plan would largely abolish private insurance plans — with Sanders suggesting insurers could be reduced to cosmetic surgery.

“Under Medicare for All, we cover all basic health care needs, so they’re not going to be there to do that. I suppose if you want to make yourself look a bit more beautiful, you want to work on that nose, your ears. They can do that,” he said.