Ocasio-Cortez Refuses to Apologize for Reaction to Trump's Child Trafficking Vow
Congresswoman faces backlash after behavior at State Of The Union Speech
Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez faced a massive backlash to her behavior in response to President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
We reported yesterday that Trump's pledge to end human trafficking won the applause of both Republicans and Democrats, but Ocasio Cortez, who for several moments didn't even stand up, refused to join the praise.
Ocasio-Cortez's refusal to express appreciation for some fundamental human issues addressed by Trump did not earn her a good reaction from Twitter.
It was even noted by the Guardian’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief David Smith that the congresswoman failed to stand and show respect for the first lady.
“Trump begins speech and welcomes Melania. Most stand and applaud. One member encourages Ocasio-Cortez to do so; she appears to reply, ‘What? Why?’” Smith tweeted.
Sebastian Gorka, Fox's National security strategist, and radio host noted Ocasio-Cortez’s unwillingness to applaud even for the most humanitarian of issues.
“NOTE THIS WELL: This woman even refused to applaud the @ICEgov agent who saved more than 300 girls and woman from coyote smugglers,” Gorka pointed out.
“AOC is a Marxist who couldn’t care less about other women.”
But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at critics by insisting that President Trump’s speech was an “unsettling night for our country.”
“Why should I be ‘spirited and warm’ for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on her Twitter account after the speech late Tuesday.
“Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”
Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a tweet from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Peggy Noonan, who pointed out that the congresswomen and the Democratic women looked "sullen, teenaged and at a loss.”
Trump begins speech and welcomes Melania. Most stand and applaud. One member encourages Ocasio-Cortez to do so; she appears to reply, "What? Why?"— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) February 6, 2019
NOTE THIS WELL:— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 6, 2019
This woman even refused to applaud the @ICEgov agent who saved more than 300 girls and woman from coyote smugglers. @AOC is a Marxist who couldn’t care less about other women. pic.twitter.com/agO1asVtWY
“And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss,” tweeted Noonan, who was President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter.
Despite the considerable backlash at the liberal freshman, she said her attitude won’t be changing soon
“They can get used to it because I won’t be smiling for this president anytime soon,” she told the NYPost.
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis also joined in the attack against Ocasio-Cortez.
“@AOC looks like someone who just found out an MS13 gang member in our country illegally committed murder on a subway platform in her district after she spent months calling for ICE to be abolished. Oh wait …,” she posted on her Twitter page.
She was, of course, referring to MS-13 member Ramiro Gutierrez, who was arrested for allegedly shooting a rival on a Queens subway platform last Sunday.
Three out of four viewers approved of the speech, which translates into the same number agreeing with Trump's issues on immigration and foreign policy.