WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Slams Manchin, Defends Omar in CNN Interview
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not been in the House of Representatives very long. She was only elected during the 2018 mid-terms. Still, she’s quickly become one of the most prominent lawmakers in the country for a variety of reasons.
On Sunday, AOC appeared on CNN to discuss a variety of topics. And during the interview she defended fellow Squad member Ilhan Omar while ripping into Democratic senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin made waves for declaring his intentions to vote against the For the People Act. The West Virginia senator wanted the bill to pass with bi-partisan support. In regards to Manchin’s decision, Ocasio-Cortez said, “This romanticism of bipartisanship is about an era of Republicans that simply do not exist anymore.” She also noted, “You have the Koch brothers … really doing victory laps about Joe Manchin’s opposition to the filibuster.”
Rep. @AOC on Sen. Joe Manchin, HR1, & the filibuster:
"This romanticism of bipartisanship is about an era of Republicans that simply do not exist anymore."
"…You have the Koch brothers … really doing victory laps about Joe Manchin's opposition to the filibuster." pic.twitter.com/0AAksjVUvg
— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2021
During the talk, Ocasio-Cortez also touched on the recent criticism of Omar. She said of the attacks against her colleague:
“And we know that, you know, these very intense news cycles, which by the way started — this whole hubbub started with right-wing news outlets taking what she said out of context. And when we feed into that, it adds legitimacy to a lot of this kind of right wing vitriol. It absolutely kind of increases that target. And as someone who has experienced that, you know, it’s very difficult to communicate the scale and how dangerous that is.”
AOC: "I do think that we need to talk about the elephant in the room, which is Senate Democrats which are blocking crucial items in a Democratic agenda for reasons that I don't think hold a lot of water." pic.twitter.com/t3ixCCQ6cV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2021