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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., apologized to her constituents on Friday for her “present” vote the day before to fund Israel’s Iron Dome defense system and explained why she cried on the floor. of the camera.

“Yes, I cried,” he wrote in the three-page letter to voters he posted on his Twitter. “I cried for the total lack of attention to the human beings who are impacted by these decisions, I cried for an institution that chose a path of maximum volatility and minimal consideration for its own political expediency.”

“Yes, I cried … for an institution that chose a path of maximum volatility and minimum consideration for its own political expediency.”

– US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

Conservatives mocked Ocasio-Cortez for shedding “crocodile tears” during the vote.

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Some on social media speculated that the legislator wanted to “vote No, but was deterred for some strategic reason” and many who commented on her letter to voters said she still did not explain why she voted ‘present’.

“So many words to say, ‘I think this bill should have been opposed, but I was too cowardly to oppose,'” one person commented. Another noted that the lawmaker once criticized former US Representative Tulsi Gabbard for her “current” vote on impeachment, saying it is better to take a stand. “They send us here to lead,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time.

Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her letter that she believes the United States has provided Israel with “unconditional assistance” for “too long” while “doing nothing to address or raise the persistent human rights abuses against the Palestinian people, and that this imbalance of Power must focus on any honest conversation about Israel and Palestine, in addition to the many other governments that we finance militarily with a pattern of human rights abuses. “

He stressed that voting against the bill would not de-fund the defense system in any way and argued that there should be more scrutiny around all military spending around the world.

The process of bringing him into court was also “deeply unfair,” he claimed, writing that he quietly slipped into routine legislation without any committee debate, marking or regular ordering. She said rushing the vote caused “a tinderbox of vitriol, false framing, deeply racist accusations and portrayals, and a lack of substantive discussion on the matter.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, also “summarily dismissed” his request to delay the vote by 24 hours, he said.

She called it one of the “most controversial” votes of that day, though it passed easily with just eight House Democrats and one Republican voting against. Ocasio-Cortez and another member voted present.

“The damage from this sloppy process created very real side effects in our community,” he wrote. “It created a real sense of panic and horror among those in our community who would otherwise thoughtfully engage in these discussions and fueled the discussion to a point where it became clear that this vote would risk a severe devolution of the community fabric of good faith that enables us to responsibly unite in a fight for human rights and dignity everywhere from Palestine to the Bronx to Queens. ”

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He said rushing the vote threatened to “tear our community apart,” adding that it was not the first time that the well-being of the people had been “set aside for political expediency” and he did not believe it would be the last.

“For those who I have disappointed, I am deeply sorry. For those who believe that this reasoning is insufficient or cowardly, I understand,” he wrote in closing. “To those who asked me to quell the volatility of this moment in our community … I hope that we can seize this moment and opportunity to become more deeply involved and grow a true and substantive movement of community support for human rights around the world. , which includes appreciating and respecting the human rights of the Palestinian people. ”


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