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  • West Texas Throwdown? Ocasio Cortez vs. Border Agents

    It’s an easy and ugly thing to pile on … but honestly, you have to begin to wonder if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is simply not up to snuff; over her head as a member of the United States of America’s lawmaking apparatus.

    The Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli reports the New York congresswoman:

    screamed at federal law enforcement agents “in a threatening manner” during a visit to a Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, and refused to tour the facility, according to two people who witnessed the incident.

    After AOC allegedly sat for a period of time with a family of migrants in a holding area, one stunned witness stated, “She comes out screaming at our agents … Crying and screaming and yelling,” in front of a group of approximately forty onlookers.

    “The agents, they wanted to respond, but they held back because she’s a congressional delegate. … They were like, ‘Hey, you need to kinda step back.’”

    Yes, the twenty-nine-year-old elected official should expect a base-level of resistance – just as she ought to extend as much to all with whom she interacts. Does the term “public servant” ring any bells?

    One Border Patrol Agent related that, at another point,

    “One of the agents laughed at something he was saying to another agent, and she got irate and flipped out. … She took it as they were laughing at her and screams at them and says, ‘What’s so funny?’”

    Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, who called for the abolishing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2018, proffered a version of the scene which, not surprisingly, differed materially from the agent’s, tweeting:

    “After I forced myself into a cell w/ women & began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as “psychological warfare” – waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc. Tell me what about that is due to a ‘lack of funding?’” … Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets. This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress.”

    The conflicting accounts don’t stop there. One agent explained:

    “So this is what happened with the migrant and drinking water from toilet: she wanted water, didn’t know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet. She never told AOC that we made her drink from the toilet. AOC, of course, changed it.”

    Once more, it’s tough not to entertain doubts about Ocasio-Cortez’s intellectual and emotional fitness for her post. There’s a widening belief her election was a semi-fluke: first a victory in a dramatically low-turnout primary against an unmotivated opponent; then, in the general election months later, triumph over a Republican adversary in a heavily Democratic Queens, NY district.

    Since then, her so far brief tenure has been hounded by cascades of embarrassing misstatements and bungles; this putatively hysterical El Paso dust-up being just the latest example. It’s been a performance spectacle unbecoming of an elected official for many months now.

    When conservative politicians comport themselves in a sloppy or undignified manner, the Left inevitably goes on full alert and attack mode. So, where’s the outcry against shabby shenanigans like this, when it’s one of their own?

    She may still be regarded as a fresh, young celebrity on the Democratic landscape – but does that exempt Ms. Ocasio-Cortez from the standards we ought to uphold for anyone who wields hefty influence and formidable power in the nation?

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