AOC must think that the situation in Puerto Rico is less “complex” than that in Venezuela.
She’s taken two totally different positions on the protests in Venezuela and the ones in Puerto Rico.
Why do many think that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) doesn’t like America? Well, it’s simple — she keeps saying things that give that impression.
AOC has been concerned about the people of Puerto Rico who, (she claims,) have been treated as “second class citizens” by the United States for some time. She spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper about this before she was elected. She has railed against the “colonization” of Puerto Rico and that FEMA hasn’t provided the same level of funds to the island post-hurricane as they did to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
Puerto Ricans have been starved in this shameful FEMA response. Hospitals have gone without power, resulting in uncounted death tolls.
The US gov has refused to ANY discussion of PR's political status – whether that be statehood or independence. This is the result.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2018
AOC seems to prefer independence to statehood. She does couch this in the language that Puerto Ricans should make their own “self-determination” but she’s pretty clear that she’s no fan of what she calls “colonization”.
DC statehood & Puerto Rico statehood are NOT the same issue.
PR was colonized by the US, & deserves a BINDING process of self-determination.
Imposing one’s status opinion on PR, instead of committing to uphold the results of a plebiscite, perpetuates the legacy of colonization. https://t.co/FyOK1S06C5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2019
AOC has been critical of the U.S. government but, until now, has been mostly silent on the rampant corruption within the Puerto Rican government.
The political elite has long been dismissive of those outside their ranks – the marginalized, the poor, the untrained. As in other parts of the Americas, Puerto Rico’s governors and administrations have largely been drawn from privileged classes who have a paternalistic disdain for the public who they see as easily fooled and incapable of knowing what’s good for them.
[Sounds like a typical “Progressive” government to me.]
Remember, this has been an issue that the President has been speaking about publicly for some time. The corruption and misallocation of FEMA funds is a huge chunk of the problem with the relief effort in Puerto Rico.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday slammed Puerto Rico’s governor and blasted the U.S. territory’s leaders, accusing them of wasting billions of dollars of hurricane disaster relief aid as protests swelled across the island.
Asked if Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló should resign, Trump said he was terrible. The Republican president also criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.
“You have totally grossly incompetent leadership at the top of Puerto Rico,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “The leadership is corrupt and incompetent.”
In a recent Instagram livestream video, AOC was asked a question about the days-long protests in Puerto Rico and how she felt about what was happening there.
In it, she said that she’s so happy with the protest and that the people were successful in their goal of ousting corrupt governor, Ricardo Rosselló after a scandal following 889 pages of damning leaked group chats.
First of all, I am so incredibly proud of everyone in Puerto Rico right now demanding accountability from their government…
…They were so relentlessly creative in their protest that they were able to get the governor to finally resign as well as some of his cabinet members.
I’m really proud of everyone that’s out there, but of course, there’s a lot of work to be done. This is just the beginning of a decolonization process, a process of self-determination where the people of Puerto Rico begin to start taking their own self-governance into their own hands.
So I’m really excited about the protest, I’m excited, I’m encouraged to hear of [Ricardo] Rosselló’s resignation, but it’s also just a first step. We have a long way to go.
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) July 26, 2019
AOC seems to want the beloved Puerto Rico — her father was born to Puerto Rican parents, and her mother was born on the island — to eschew American “colonization.”
Because it’s for the people, you know.
But let’s remember what AOC thought about the crisis in Venezuela and denouncing socialist dictator, Nicholas Maduro.
It was very different.
“I think that this is absolutely a complex issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think it’s important that we approach this very carefully.”…
…Ocasio-Cortez’s refusal to slam Maduro continues a trend of American self-described “democratic socialists,” refusing to condemn the communist dictator.
2020 presidential candidate and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders refused to condemn Maduro as a dictator, claiming that there are still “democratic operations” occurring in the country. Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar echoed those thoughts, while casting doubt on the international consensus that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was undemocratic.
SOurce: Daily Caller
So, to recap… ditching a progressive governor is good as long as the Puerto Rican people can get an opportunity to “decolonize” themselves from the United States, but denouncing a Socialist dictator in Venezuela whose policies have left citizens with no power, rampant inflation, and the choice of starving or resorting to picking through garbage and eating their pets is “complicated.” This situation has been going on for years in the Socialist paradise of Venezuela.
Even though the Venezuelan people are begging for help because they’ve been disarmed by their government, AOC can’t seem to find the gumption to denounce a socialist dictator.
That just seems a little odd, doesn’t it?
Gee, I wonder why people think that she might be un-American…
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