In the wake of President Donald Trump’s address on border security on Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow put Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her show to give her response.
The response from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had already been bad enough.
But Ocasio-Cortez added to the disaster with all kind of false statements.
Among the problems with her response was her failure to seemingly understand the difference between ICE and the Customs and Border Patrol. Border Patrol is responsible for detention of people caught illegally entering at the border.
But Ocasio-Cortez kept saying “ICE” was responsible during her appearance and blaming ICE for the death of a child who had died in custody of the Border Patrol. She also erroneously said he died on Christmas, failed to note that the father had declined medical aid and that there is no evidence yet that the Border Patrol did anything wrong in the case. But hey, who needs facts when you are “impassioned” and “morally right?”
From Daily Caller:
“The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights,” the newly sworn-in congresswoman began. “The president should really be defending why we are funding such an agency at all. Because right now, what we are seeing is death. Right now, what we are seeing is the violation of human rights.”
But as she blamed ICE and Trump for everything, she forgot something rather important.
It is Congress, you know that body that she’s now a part of, that holds the power of the purse. It’s Congress that funds ICE, not the President.
And guess who just voted to fund ICE last week?
You guessed it. Ocasio-Cortez.
Moreover, she left out the fact that just a week earlier, when she voted “aye” on House Joint Resolution 1 on Jan. 3, 2019, she herself had voted to fund ICE through the end of the fiscal year.
H.J. Res. 1, according to the final rollcall vote, passed with 100 percent Democratic support. Five Republicans joined with the Democrats in voting “aye.” The intent of the resolution was, “Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.”
Because ICE is funded through DHS, Ocasio-Cortez cast one of her first votes as a congresswoman to continue funding the agency she has repeatedly called for abolishing and has accused of “systematically” violating human rights.