New York Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in hot water this week after she referred to Israel as the “occupiers of Palestine” in a recent interview.
Cortez was speaking with PBS when she was asked to weigh-in on unfolding events in the Middle East, particularly the growing conflict between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas-backed fighters.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.
When pressed on what she meant she struggled to give an answer and then admitted she does not know what she is talking about. pic.twitter.com/e3Uq1eupD3
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) July 16, 2018
“I think that what people are starting to see with the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions,” said Cortez.
“You used the term occupation of Palestine, what did you mean by that?” pressed the reporter.
“What I meant, is like, the settlements,” she fired-back.
Watch the revealing exchange above.
DNC CIVIL WAR: NY Socialist SLAMS Outgoing Moderate DEM in Twitter Feud
The New York Democratic socialist who defeated a longtime centrist and potential party leader slammed the outgoing politician on social media Thursday, accusing the Representative of failing to make “three scheduled concession calls.”
Democratic challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped Rep. Joe Crowley on Twitter earlier Thursday, saying he was plotting a potential run for his House seat on a third party ticket.
“@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy. Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls,” said Cortez. “Now, he’s mounting a 3rd party challenge against me and the Democratic Party- and against the will of [people],” she tweeted.
.@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy.
Instead, he’s stood me up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 12, 2018
Crowley fired back minutes later, saying “Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running. We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I’d like to connect but I’m not willing to air grievances on Twitter.”
Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running. We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I’d like to connect but I’m not willing to air grievances on Twitter. https://t.co/hxEeWEpI2O
— Joe Crowley (@JoeCrowleyforNY) July 12, 2018
IT BEGINS: Democrat Calls to ABOLISH ICE Grow Heading into Midterms
More and more Liberal legislators and candidates are calling for the total abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency; creating a “litmus test” for potential lawmakers heading into the 2018 midterms.
According to Fox News, the Democrats’ renewed calls to limit or eliminate the agency comes as thousands protest the detention of illegal immigrants along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
“The calls reflect not only the deepening divide between the two partisan poles on immigration — with one side seeking a border wall, and the other looking to dismantle the lead enforcement agency — but the growing influence of the progressive wing,” writes Fox.
“Its extra-judicial nature is baked into the structure of the agency and that is why they are able to get away with black sites at our border, with the separation of children,” said Democrat primary winner Ocasio-Cortez.
Read the full story at Fox News.