AOC Perfectly Shames Her Congressional Colleagues For Not Even Bothering To Read The Bills They Attack
A video of Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York criticizing her colleagues in the House for not reading legislation before they comment on it has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez's thorough scolding came after she listened to comments from her fellow representatives that demonstrated a distinct lack of knowledge about the legislation they were discussing—a bill about public banking introduced by AOC and Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan last year.
Today we held the first Congressional hearing in modern history on public banking. Apparently it is too high of a… https://t.co/1eHdlCwBm0— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1626912875.0
"I learned a while ago, you know when I first got to Congress, I thought, man, people definitely study what they're talking about here."
"Then I got here and realized that people don't even—a lot of my colleagues don't even read the bills that they are commenting on."
She then held up a printed copy of the bill and told those gathered:
"But for anyone who's curious, it's right here at the desk."
Her disapproval and condemnation didn't end there, though.
"We're making lots of statements that have nothing to do with the legislation and frankly, you know, if I made comments that very publicly demonstrated that I didn't read the legislation I was discussing, I'd be embarrassed, but that is an aside."
Many praised Ocasio-Cortez online for her frank criticism of her fellow lawmakers.
@J_LaRosa415 @AOC She's so good. She gets vilified because of the identity politics that straightjacket US politics… https://t.co/GRAudD77uB— Jorge Rivera Marín (@Jorge Rivera Marín) 1626913115.0
@J_LaRosa415 @AOC Here on planet earth 💯🤣🤣🤣 I love her I wish she was my representative here in Louisiana.— Joy Mariah✌🐝💯 ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊ (@Joy Mariah✌🐝💯 ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊) 1626912657.0
@LordElfa @J_LaRosa415 @AOC Sad but true— Name cannot be blank (@Name cannot be blank) 1626912487.0
@CosmopolitanCa4 @J_LaRosa415 @AOC She is. And the sad truth is that if some of her colleagues had just read the bi… https://t.co/fDcA4RYSk8— Chris Corrigan (@Chris Corrigan) 1626913551.0
@J_LaRosa415 @AOC I wonder what would happen to me if I showed up to work unprepared for a meeting...think I'd still have my job?— BlueFox, BA, MS, MBA (@BlueFox, BA, MS, MBA) 1626916533.0