Compassionate Liberals Savage Ocasio-Cortez for Sending Kind Message to McCain Family


Say what you will about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We do, nearly daily.

That being said, unless she experiences the most monumental electoral breakdown in the history of House races, she will be a representative in the 116th U.S. Congress come next January.

To her very significant credit, she apparently takes that role seriously — and, when Sen. John McCain died Saturday at age 81, she sent a heartfelt message to his family and in honor of his service to his country.

“John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy.

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“He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family.”

I will give her this much: This wasn’t just a pro-forma message of condolence. At a time when most politicians were putting aside differences to pay tribute to a man who leaves behind an immeasurable legacy, I found this actually one of the more genuine statements that I saw.

So of course, Ocasio-Cortez’s fans were none too happy about it, because empathy for the dead is evil if you didn’t like their opinions.

“This is a spoof, right?” wrote George Galloway, a hard-left British politician and close personal ally of Saddam Hussein who reportedly helped the brutal dictator skirt the strictures of the Oil-for-Food program, enriching both of them in the process, as the Heritage Foundation documented. Apparently that’s cool, but don’t tweet out something good about a recently deceased politician Galloway doesn’t like.

“Whoever advised her to tweet this out should be fired immediately,” Unsociable Socialist responded.

It wasn’t just the Galloway contingent, either. Behold the larger future of the Democrats that stands behind the singular future of the Democrats:

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Sympathy for a dead senator who tried to work across the aisle with Democrats? Nooooooooope try again.

Is this what you'd expect from Ocasio-Cortez supporters?

And please keep in mind, we aren’t really cherry-picking here. The vast majority of these messages were laments that Ocasio-Cortez showed any respect for an opponent or personal dignity on her own part. And not just lament, but outrage.

By the way, in case you’re a new reader, while our offices are based in Arizona, we weren’t exactly, um, on the best of political terms with the man who was our senior senator. You can check our archives for how most of our writers felt about him as a politician. I assure you, almost little of it was complimentary.

When McCain died, however, we didn’t just show him pro forma respect because we’re a conservative media outlet. While we recognized our policy disagreements, we saw the man in full: A patriot, a father, a husband, a prisoner of war, an American icon who battled cancer until the very end.

Policy disagreements not only can wait, they must wait. We pay our utmost respects to a man for whom much respect deserves to be paid, no matter how he voted or whom he criticized. If you feel otherwise, I suggest you take politics a little less seriously, if just for the sake of your immortal soul.

So, just so we’re clear: The problem here is not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It’s the horrible sort of people she — or the new, more militant wing of her party — tends to attract. God help us if this is the future of our opposition.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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