Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) really stepped in it at a private meeting with Bronx community leaders this past week where she slammed US foreign policy, disparaged President Trump and bad-mouthed Israeli PM Netanyahu. In response and out of disgust two military veterans stormed out of the meeting along with one other board member.
“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” said Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet and treasurer of Community Board 11. Anthony Vitaliano, who is an Army veteran and who worked in the NYPD for 38 years where he commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives, sat between Ocasio-Cortez and a staffer. “I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” the former CB11 chairman said. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.” Good for them.
The visit to the Bronx was a rare one for Ocasio-Cortez. She held the closed-door meeting with approximately a dozen members of the board last Wednesday night. And wouldn’t you know it… one of the members of the board is Middle Eastern and raised the issue of the Yemen conflict. That set things off.
That’s when the young socialist laid into the US policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia which have aided the Yemeni government during their civil war. She was nailed for not mentioning other nations in regards to the violence in Yemen. How very selective. Figures.
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“Talking about America, that really turned me off completely,” said Mazzella, 74, who said he fought in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.
“When Israel came up later in the meeting, Ocasio-Cortez suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats, according to a person at the meeting.
“I was revolted,” said the attendee, who didn’t want his name published.
“He, Mazzella and Vitaliano said they all walked out in disgust before the end of the session.
“Earlier, board members complained about problems with the US Postal Service, which regularly misses mail deliveries and a local Amtrak property that is a magnet for graffiti vandals. CB 11 is a working-class neighborhood on the eastern side of the Bronx covering Allerton, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens and Van Nest. In addition to parts of the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes north-central Queens.
“Did she care about the issues? She wrote them down,” said Vitaliano, 78. “The jury will be out on the local issues.”
“She “danced around the whole” question of Columbus Day, for which the neighborhood holds a parade every year, said Vitaliano, who supports creating a day for indigenous people but wants to preserve the treasured Italian-American tradition.
“The room wasn’t entirely hostile to AOC, though. One attendee said, “There were a lot of people that really adored what she was saying.”
“AOC’s office denied that anyone stormed out of the meeting.
“The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” said AOC spokesman Corbin Trent.
“Asked about Trent’s comment, Vitaliano said, “That’s bulls–t. Everybody that was there knows I walked out.”’
Is anyone surprised that Ocasio-Cortez lied again? They shouldn’t be… that’s par for the course for the Democratic Socialist. She acts like an entitled child and anyone who disagrees with her should be ‘punished’. That’s what she is proposing for the IRS… that those who ‘misbehave’ be penalized. How very fascist and totally in-character for Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez knows nothing about foreign policy or much of anything else as it turns out. She does, however, know how to push communism and run her mouth showing nothing but disrespect to veterans, our country, our president and our staunchest ally. She should just shut it already.