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AOC and Democrats Increase Polarization

AOC, demócratas, polarización

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After the world denounced and condemned the tragic assault on the Capitol, a group of politicians who are exploiting the situation to (instead of betting on union and promoting bipartisanship) strengthen the polarization that is doing so much damage to American society, has appeared. This is the case of the Democrats and, especially, of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or AOC (D-NY).

Who would have thought it? Those who spent four years with the Russian plot and questioning Trump’s victory increasing polarization and stigmatizations and carrying out a baseless impeachment, rise up now with the baton of morality and protection of institutions. Especially AOC, who has decided to use her Twitter account to point the finger at those she holds responsible for the assault on the Capitol.

AOC first fought with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), when she asked for his “resignation” on Twitter after calling him a “coward” and “selfish” since she rose to object to the election results, along with other senators.

AOC has used her Twitter account to point fingers at Republican senators and representatives.

Cruz did not stand idly by hitting back, calling Ocasio-Cortez a “liar” and warning her that she would not go anywhere with this and would fight “her and her socialist friends” from the Senate.

The fights with Cruz continued days later, when the senator criticized Joe Biden’s stance for calling those Trump’s supporters who went to demonstrate on Capitol Hill neo-Nazis, which later ended up with an assault condemned by all political actors in DC.

As a result, AOC launched on Twitter:

“They wore Auschwitz shirts, erected gallows and tried to hang the Vice President. Your continued excusal and denial of Wednesday’s neo-Nazi presence is abhorrent and dangerous. The most healing and unifying thing you can do is to take responsibility for your actions and resign.”

Cruz had said, in reference to Joe Biden’s words, that it is “very sad. At a time of deep national division, President-elect Biden’s choice to literally call his political opponents Nazis does nothing to unite us or promote healing. This kind of vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart.”

The tweet exchanges continued. Cruz accused AOC of going against a resolution he promoted and condemned anti-Semitism by attaching a USA Today article showing how Ocasio-Cortez supported his partner Ilhan Omar after she made anti-Israel comments.

AOC responded by claiming that Cruz was lying, as she voted to condemn anti-Semitism, but did not deny the article where she supported Omar.

This was not AOC’s only fight

After the episode with Cruz, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went for another Republican, this time from the House of Representatives and with much fewer supporters than Ted Cruz.

Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) posted a video on Twitter where she expressed her pride in the Back the Blue movement, a campaign that emerged to counterbalance the radical leftist movements – such as Antifa or Black Lives Matter – that drive movements like Defund the Police or the narrative of systematic racism in police institutions, both supported by AOC.

After the video, Cortez pointed to Malliotakis tweeting: “One of [your] first votes in Congress was to amplify a known lie about our nation’s free elections that led to a riot that killed a police officer on Capitol Hill. There is no way to go back with a hashtag. You brought shame on our delegation and the district you represent.”

Soon the comments against Malliotakis were filled, many labeled her a hypocrite – she has long campaigned actively for law enforcement – but because of the tweet attack, there was a response from the Cuban-American to AOC:

“This comes from a socialist who only talks about our police when she calls to defund them… And when you’re not doing that… you’re killing jobs, defending looters, calling police supporters ‘racists,’ or pushing a destructive ideology that has led to nothing but misery.”

Malliotakis responds to AOC, after AOC criticized her for her stance towards law enforcement after a policeman was killed in the attack on the Capitol.

But AOC’s Twitter popularity is far superior to that of Malliotakis, a Republican representative who, against all odds, managed to win a seat in Congress representing New York. In fact, she is the only Republican in the Legislature to win in that state.

Malliotakis is part of the – as we call it in ElAmerican – “The anti-socialist squad” in Congress, made up of four members who are openly anti-socialist and who are standing up in the House of Representatives to confront the most progressive left-wing leaders like AOC or Ilhan Omar.

The other three representatives who make up the “anti-socialist squad” are María Elvira Salazar, Carlos Giménez and Victoria Spartz.

María Elvira, by the way, came out to support Milliotakis in her exchange with AOC:

Support from the renowned journalist and now Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar.

Segregate even more and despite everything

The underlying problem is that the Democrats are doing what they have been doing for four years in a row: stigmatizing Trump’s supporters and using the political moment to generate even more polarization.

On the one hand, there is Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promoting a second impeachment that would not only affect Donald J. Trump, but also Joe Biden’s agenda, a political move that would not bring good results for the country.

On the other hand, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are asking and celebrating respectively the final closure of Trump’s Twitter account. And you also have AOC, doing a sort of twitter campaign to point the finger at Republican congressmen who joined in the fraud allegations.

Ocasio-Cortez, directly, is going against a large part of the country that still feels cheated by the elections. Because if there is anything to accept it is that the process was opaque and that the massive implementation of the vote by mail did not help at all to strengthen American democracy.

Joe Biden is not far behind, in his campaign he said “I will be the president of all Americans”, now he decided to call the Trump supporters who went to the Capitol demonstration “neo-Nazis”.

It is curious that the Democrats come out with the flag of defense for the institutions, since their position last summer was to support or turn a blind eye to the violence of the anti-system in order to ingratiate themselves and have their electoral support. And, moreover, just as AOC reproaches Ted Cruz or Malliotakis, the Democrats did so for several years.

Nancy Pelosi said in 2017, “Our election was hijacked. There is no doubt about it. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy and #FollowTheFacts,” without facts and without evidence. The Democrats torpedoed the presidency for four years and now claim to defend democracy.

The events at the Capitol were tragic and inexcusable, but they were immediately condemned -even by those who support the president- while the other side dedicated itself to gaining political advantage and so further polarizing the country. This is not the solution.

If the Democratic position is similar to AOC’s, the outlook for the United States is bleak. Polarization and outrage will grow, and this time the scapegoat will not be Trump.

Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.

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