AOC: America Has No 'Right' to Call Itself a 'Humane Society'
Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says United States has 'not earned the right'
Celebrity Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has trashed America, declaring that the United States has "not earned the right" to call itself a "humane society."
AOC made the remarks during an interview with far-left news outlet Democracy Now! about the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking with host Amy Goodman, Ocasio-Cortez attacked Donald Trump over the COVID-19 crisis, blaming the president's handling of the outbreak for the deaths of illegal immigrants.
The socialist lawmaker claimed President Trump's "science denial" and "incompetence" has caused illegal aliens to die in New York.
“We should have universal systems where every person can see the doctor free of charge when they need to see it so that they can get the care that they need,” Ocasio-Cortez told Goodman.
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“That is what it means to live in an advanced and modern and humane society, and so long as we don’t do that, we have not earned the right to call ourselves one,” AOC added.
DEMOCRACY NOW: Overall, your response to President Trump, his antagonism against any kind of criticism, the well-known documented lack of tests, lack of PPE, protective gear for people who work in hospitals, and now this, saying “Sure, test them before we deport them.”
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well overall, you know, uh, not just President Trump but this entire administration knew what was coming. Trump knew this pandemic was coming. The military knew this pandemic was coming. The CDC knew this pandemic was coming. HHS Health and Human Services knew this pandemic was coming, and there was a structural but also universal refusal to acknowledge and more importantly to act, and this pandemic is, you know, and and the casualties that we are seeing are, again, not just due to coronavirus.
There are people dying unnecessarily, as you mentioned earlier, there are people not just dying in hospitals. In New York City City alone, we are seeing 200 to 300 people dying in their homes a day, per day in New York City inside their homes in addition to the hospitalizations. These numbers that you’re seeing, all in all, many of them are confirmed coronavirus cases, as you mentioned, many people do not have access to tests, so a lot of these deaths that you are seeing, there are many more that are uncounted that are being counted as pneumonia or being counted as other causes of death because those people were not able to get a COVID-19 test. And so, these additional deaths, many of them are unnecessary, they are deaths of incompetence, they are deaths of science denial, they are deaths of inequality, and so it’s important for us to acknowledge how unnecessary the level of crisis that we are at right now that is due to the incompetence of this administration, that is due to the lack of responsiveness [of] this administration. And when it comes to the particular cruelty to undocumented immigrants, it is also a form of denial of the fact that many of these undocumented people pay taxes, they fund our public schools, and they fund a very public health system that they are being denied access to right now through the billions of dollars of taxes that they pay, billions more, by the way, these undocumented workers pay billions more in taxes than Facebook does, than Amazon does, and than many other corporations do. And so when it comes to contributions to our public systems, they do far more than these than these corporations do, and it’s extraordinarily important that they have safe access to our public health system, and by the way, it shouldn’t just be for COVID-19 cases, our public health system should be free at the point of service for every single person in this country.
There are folks that are saying, “Oh, you’ll get paid sick leave if it’s COVID-19 related,” as we’re seeing with Amazon, they’ll take your fever, if you don’t have a test, then you will not receive paid sick leave. We should have universal systems where every person can see the doctor free of charge when they need to see it so that they can get the care that they need, that is what it means to live in an advanced and modern and humane society, and so long as we don’t do that, we have not earned the right to call ourselves one.
.@AOC blames Trump for Coronavirus deaths, particularly among illegal immigrants, in NYC:— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 7, 2020
These "are deaths of incompetence, they are deaths of science denial, they are deaths of inequality and ... [a] particular cruelty toward undocumented immigrants" pic.twitter.com/GeDmdkAMym
Ocasio-Cortez blasted President Trump and Republicans for not granting $1,200 coronavirus stimulus checks for illegal aliens in America.
The New York congresswoman was furious that the emergency relief bill put Americans first and didn't prop up illegals with taxpayer money.
AOC slammed the GOP and Trump administration, claiming that the provision that will send money to individuals does not go far enough.
According to the bill, nonresident aliens are not eligible for the relief payments.
The checks are generally $1,200 for those who file taxes as individuals and $2,400 for those who file jointly.
"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs)," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing," AOC continued.