On Thursday, the Tennesse House of Representatives voted on whether to expel three members for breaching decorum and — in one instance — using a bullhorn on the House floor. Ultimately, the chamber expelled two of them, and it allowed the third to stay.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — along with many more of the top Democrats in Washington, D.C. — have described this issue as a part of a crisis for democracy.
Yet, barely two years ago, Ocasio-Cortez was calling to expel a U.S. representative over some bad tweets from 2018.
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In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez accused Tennesse’s Republican majority of “fascism.”
“Republicans may think they won today in Tennessee, but their fascism is only further radicalizing and awakening an earthquake of young people, both in the South and across the nation,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“No matter what happens with Donald Trump, Trumpism is still alive,” the socialist superstar said earlier on television. We’ve seen it recently. There was just a vote in the Tennessee state legislature to expel three Democratic representatives in their legislature because they had the audacity to stand up and protest for gun safety legislation because the state of Tennessee was not acting enough. So, instead of having vigorous debate, the folks who accuse people of silencing are the ones silencing and expelling.”
So, Ocasio-Cortez considers expulsion tantamount to fascism… and yet she signed a 2021 resolution to expel U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., for sharing some bad tweets before her political career.
“Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., said in a 2021 statement announcing his resolution to expel Greene.
“As if it weren’t enough to amplify conspiracy theories that the September 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was staged, a string of recent media reports has now confirmed that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama.”
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Greene has distanced herself from these old tweets since joining Congress. The Georgia Republican said earlier this month, “I started seeing things and I was like ‘um, no… JFK, Jr. is not alive. Can we just be real?'” She also described the bad tweets as a harmless failure common to “a lot of people,” unlike a violent crime.
Yet, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly signed the resolution to expel Greene, anyway.
Besides Ocasio-Cortez, more than 65 House Democrats signed the resolution to expel Greene. However, they failed.
Take a look —
“There was just a vote in the Tennessee State Legislature to expel three Democratic representatives … because they had the audacity to stand up and protest for gun safety legislation”
Thank you @AOC for speaking up on this! 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/0F1RqbVD5p
— Brad Batt for TN State Sanity ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾 (@bradbatt) April 5, 2023
Republicans may think they won today in Tennessee, but their fascism is only further radicalizing and awakening an earthquake of young people, both in the South and across the nation.
If you thought youth organizing was strong, just wait for what’s coming. Gen Z don’t play https://t.co/gPwoFI7uib
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 6, 2023
The Horn editorial team