AOC: Republicans Chose To Make Americans Unemployed
Progressive congresswoman makes false claim after she celebrates oil crash
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused the Trump administration and Senate Republicans of deliberately choosing to make millions of Americans lose their jobs amid the coronavirus crisis.
AOC's accusations against Republicans come a day after she reacted with glee to the news that oil markets plunged below zero, putting thousands of American jobs at risk.
“Mass unemployment was a choice,” Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed.
“We did not need to lose 20 million jobs. We didn’t."
"We had options and the option that we chose was to do nothing, despite the fact that we could have done something to save millions of jobs in this country.”
“And so, our political leadership, starting right at the White House and paired right up there with Mitch McConnell, said, hmm, we could take bold action right now to guarantee people’s jobs and guarantee payroll in this country, or we can allow mass unemployment,” Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed.
"And what was allowed to happen, the thing that we chose, not we, but they, chose was mass unemployment, and that is going to take years for us to recover from.”
But Ocasio-Cortez’s claims are inexplicably false.
Ocasio-Cortez, after cheering American job losses, falsely claims the Trump admin and the Senate GOP intentionally “chose” to have millions of Americans lose their jobs— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 22, 2020
This is a blatant lie
The GOP tried to pass hundreds of billions in relief last week and Democrats blocked it pic.twitter.com/KpVLtRDKK0
Republicans have pushed forward on the issue of providing funding to Americans and small American businesses who were facing financial ruin as a result of the pandemic.
Most notably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to replenish the small business relief fund, which would help struggling small businesses, caused a backlash from even her own party members.
AOC Celebrates 'Job Losses' from American Oil Crash: 'Absolutely Love to See It'— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) April 21, 2020
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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) slammed Pelosi’s refusal to past refunding of the small business relief fund, even in the light of the government announcing five million Americans more became unemployed because of the coronavirus.
What's more, fellow Democrat, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) even admitted that she and her Democratic colleagues have been blocking legislation that would give much-needed aid to small business workers.
Jayapal said the reason for blocking the legislation was to gain "political leverage."
THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID:
One leading House Democrat came right out and said they've been blocking urgent money for workers' paychecks because they don't want to give up political leverage. Think about that: Democrats would rather use workers as partisan leverage than actually help them. pic.twitter.com/1Lve1xutb2— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) April 21, 2020
Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the American oil industry being devastated by the pandemic with this now-deleted tweet:
“You absolutely love to see it. This along with record low-interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet. *cough*"
It seems that AOC's claim that Republicans are intentionally causing job losses is well and truly debunked.