Ocasio-Cortez Tweets Praise for McCain, Immediately Gets Slammed by Her Base

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When Democratic Socialist and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried Saturday to span the political chasm that many of her left wing followers have helped to carve, she realized the full extent of the intolerance often directed of those who oppose liberals.

Ocasio-Cortez became the face of the far left after a stunning congressional primary upset in June that knocked off incumbent Democratic power broker and kingpin Joseph Crowley, whose name figured on many short lists as a possible replacement for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The primary win was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic New York City district from which Ocasio-Cortez hails.

On Saturday, she sent a message across the aisle after the death of Sen. John McCain, who, she knew as more than a name, thanks to a Washington internship, The Daily Wire reported.

“John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service. As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy. He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family,” she wrote.

A torrent of liberal scorn followed her comments on the Arizona Republican.

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However, it wasn’t all scorn. Some Twitter followers applauded Ocasio-Cortez’s effort, and slammed her critics.

But the liberal commentariat lined up more with Ocasio-Cortez’s more liberal wing.

“McCain’s record does represent the views Ocasio-Cortez has defined herself, and the fight she’s leading, against – does that fight pause for R.I.P.s?” columnist Whitney Campbell wrote on Jezebel. The rest of the column made it clear that liberals do not recall McCain fondly.

Was Ocasio-Cortez right to tweet what she did?

In a column for The Socialist Call, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders were both excoriated for making statements of sympathy after McCain died.

“When Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued condolences to the McCain family, it wasn’t terribly surprising. It’s one of those rituals that is expected of political leaders,” wrote Chicago Democratic Socialist Joe Allen.

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“But that’s no excuse to say of America’s foremost warmonger, as AOC did, that he offers an ‘unparalleled example of human decency and American service.’ Or to extol him as an American hero, as Bernie did,” he added.

Allen wrote true socialists must criticize “American imperialism” at all times.

“Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez shirked that calling this weekend. That doesn’t mean we need to ruthlessly denounce or disassociate ourselves from them. Sanders for example has been one of the strongest opponents of US militarism in national politics,” he wrote.

“But as an organization we do need to remain critical when, under the pressure of capitalist politics, they willingly participate in poisonous national rituals that set back our work.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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