Up until, oh, about Friday, the Democrats were real proud of their new star, self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former bartender who pulled off the upset of the year when she defeated Joe Crowley to win a spot on the November ballot. While the Democratic leadership may have some small qualms about watching their party descend to the worst of the extreme left, they can’t help but enjoy the media frenzy surrounding Ocasio-Cortez. Young and pretty, with a perfect minority pedigree, she even had some liberal pundits crowning her the next Barack Obama. What could go wrong?
Well, she could be exposed as actually having no idea what she’s talking about.
That’s precisely what happened on Friday, when Ocasio-Cortez sat down for an interview with PBS’s “Firing Line” program. On the show, the rising star was asked about Israel, whom she has taken the standard far-left line on, and their “occupation” of the Palestinian Territories.
“I think that what people are starting to see – at least on the occupation of Palestine – is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.”
The interviewer, who has apparently been around long enough to know a BS answer when she hears it, admirably chose to press Ocasio-Cortez instead of letting her run with this Miss Teen USA-level remark. Asked to further explain her description of Palestine as an occupied state, Ocasio-Cortez got a very deer-in-the-headlights look in her eyes.
“Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes,” she blustered. “Oh, I think what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.”
At that point, we fell in love with the interviewer, who AGAIN asked Ocasio-Cortez to expound on her remarks. But that’s when the young democratic socialist had to admit that she was in over her head.
“I am not the expert at geopolitics on this issue,” she said, forcing a laugh. “I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these — for me, I just look at things through a human-rights lens, and I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue.”
Absolutely brutal, but pretty much par for the course when you drill down on any liberal’s opinion on the Israel/Palestinian situation. A whole lot of Democrats talk a whole lot of nonsense when it comes to the Middle East.
Well, not just the Middle East…