New York City is experiencing a surge in violent shootings and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is blaming it on the police and the coronavirus shutdown.
The congresswoman should know, right?
After all she is said to hail from the Bronx, part of the 14th congressional district she represents on Capitol Hill.
But pundits have increasingly questioned her origin and ties to the city — and former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch is the latest to question Ocasio-Cortez’s roots.
The two engaged in a political spat on social media when Ocasio-Cortez insinuated that Republicans haven’t experienced “poverty and crime.”
“I know most of them haven’t experienced or seen these issues first hand, but I have.”
That prompted a response from Loesch, who blasted the young congresswoman’s misleading narrative. The truth, she suggested, is that Ocasio-Cortez is really straight out of the suburbs.
” … whenever you want to talk about poverty,” Loesch said, “I’m happy to tell you about how hard it was for my single mom and me when I was growing up – and it wasn’t in tony *Westchester.*”
Crime is up because you and others pushed for a reduction in both policing and penalities. Also, whenever you want to talk about poverty, I’m happy to tell you about how hard it was for my single mom and me when I was growing up — and it wasn’t in tony *Westchester.* https://t.co/HUJdpQbbop
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 13, 2020
It’s known in political circles that Ocasio-Cortez moved out of the Bronx and into the affluent suburb of Yorktown, New York early on in her life — before attending Boston University. According to USA Today, she had a Yorktown address as recently as 2016.
Just before making a political run.
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Skeptics have long wondered if the “girl from the Bronx” is who she says she is.
The two continued to spar over the causes of the NYC crime spike, not before Loesch invoked the jab once more, calling AOC “Ms. Westchester.”
Ocasio-Cortez has also long-faced complaints that she’s clueless about her district. In her most recent primary battle, her most threatening challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera had repeatedly noted that AOC stayed cozy on Capitol Hill while the coronavirus swept through the streets of New York.
“AOC is MIA,” she said then.
Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before her voters realize not only has she been missing, but she was hardly ever there in the first place.
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