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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned her Republican colleagues in a fiery speech on the Home of Representatives flooring over their hypocrisy and racism.
On Thursday (February 2nd), the Republican majority prepared to vote to take away Consultant Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Overseas Affairs Committee. Their reasoning was tied to claims that Ms. Omar was over feedback that she made previously that they deemed antisemitic.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to the Home flooring to name out the GOP members’ hypocrisy as she defended her Democratic colleague. “Now as additionally as a fellow New Yorker, I feel one of many issues we should always discuss right here can be one of many disgusting legacies of 9/11 has been the concentrating on and racism in opposition to Muslim Individuals all through america of America. And that is an extension of that legacy,” she started.
Her voice rising, Ocasio-Cortez referenced her therapy by far-right Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who had beforehand attacked her with an offensive tweet. “I had a member of the Republican caucus threaten my life,” she mentioned. “And the Republican caucus rewarded him with probably the most prestigious committee assignments. Don’t inform me that is about consistency.”
She would go on to assault Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her racism & conspiracy theories together with “Jewish house lasers”, remarking that Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy has already rewarded her with plum committee assignments for her assist of his speakership. Ocasio-Cortez completed her speech, punctuating it by slapping her e book on the rostrum: “That is about concentrating on ladies of colour in america of America. Don’t inform me, as a result of I didn’t get a single apology when my life was threatened. Thanks.”
Rep. Omar, who’s one in every of two ladies Muslim representatives elected to the Home together with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in 2018, has been a continuing goal of right-wingers. Earlier than the 218-211 vote to take away her, she spoke on the ground, saying: “I’m Muslim. I’m an immigrant. And curiously, from Africa,” Ms. Omar mentioned. “Is anybody shocked that I’m being focused?” She concluded amid the applause of her Democratic colleagues: “Take your vote or not — I’m right here to remain.”