Ocasio-Cortez Backs Beto’s Gun Confiscation Plan For America
Socialist Rep defends the presidential candidate amid backlash
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took aim at presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg after he criticized his Democratic rivals over their small-donor fundraising strategy and demands for government gun confiscation.
AOC also defended 'Beto' O'Rourke's demands for a government-backed gun grab.
“Small-dollar grassroots campaigns, aka what Buttigieg insults here as ‘pocket change,’ out-fundraises him by millions,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“Our nation’s leaders should not be working to end the era of big money politics, not protect it.”
“[And] Beto’s gun policy isn’t ‘picking a fight,’ it’s taking a stand,” she added.
O’Rourke has faced a massive backlash from both sides of the aisle for his demands for gun seizures from law-abiding American citizens.
Last month, O'Rourke vowed to confiscate semi-automatic firearms from law-abiding Americans if he is elected president.
"I want to be really clear, that’s exactly what we are going to do. Americans who own [semi-automatic firearms] will have to sell them to the government," he said.
Democrats have long pushed the gun control agenda but pushed back on federally sponsored gun grabs.
But Buttigieg slammed O’Rourke’s proposal as playing directly into the hands of the Republican Party.
“Look, right now, we have an amazing moment right here on our hands,” Buttigieg said in September.
“We have agreement among the American people for not just universal background checks, but we have a majority in favor of red flag laws, high capacity magazines, banning the new sale of assault weapons.
"This is a golden moment to finally do something because we’ve been arguing about this for as long as I’ve been alive.”
Small-dollar grassroots campaigns, aka what Buttegieg insults here as “pocket change,” out-fundraise him by millions.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 14, 2019
Our nation’s leaders should be working to end the era of big money politics, not protect it.
& Beto’s gun policy isn’t “picking a fight,” it’s taking a stand. https://t.co/a6k7rgXHiD
O’Rourke said that Republican and Democratic disapproval of the program is an indication he is “doing something right.”
He then blasted Buttigieg over his objection.
O’Rourke’s radical proposal has been interpreted as a last-ditch attempt to bring new life into his crumbling campaign.
The former Texas congressman has not been doing too well in the polls, not even breaking 5% support since April and is averaging at less than 2% support.
“This is a policy disagreement, and it is about governing,” Buttigieg later responded to O’Rourke’s remarks.
“I get it, I mean he needs to pick a fight in order to stay relevant, but this is about a difference of opinion on policy, and my focus right now is getting something done.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal in her support for various gun control measures, but has not clarified her stance on a government-run gun confiscation program,
In June 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren refused to rule out that she would confiscate guns from law-abiding American citizens if she becomes president.
The Democratic presidential candidate refused to say whether she would have the government go door-to-door and confiscate semi-automatic firearms when pressed on the matter.