Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) compared paid family leave to dog breeding on Twitter and in congressional hearings on Tuesday, claiming that dogs are granted more time with their puppies than parents are given with their newborn babies.
Seattle-based radio host Jason Rantz highlighted a video clip on Twitter of Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, writing: “Thinking she’s being clever at a House Oversight Committee, AOC makes a bizarre comparison between dog breeding and raising children, appears to suggest that dogs are given rights to raise their puppies for a certain length of time. Uhmm…?”
In the video, Ocasio-Cortez says, “Um, do we know how long puppies are allowed to stay with their mothers after a dog has given birth?”
“Uh, eight weeks,” Ocasio-Cortez said with an attitude. “So, the market has decided that women and people who give birth deserve less time with their children than a dog and I think that that at its core has shown that the market has failed to treat people with dignity and with basic respect.”
“And so when that happens, I think it’s our job as the public to redefine the rules of society and to peep, and to treat people who give birth with the dignity that they deserve,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded.
Thinking she's being clever at a House Oversight Committee, AOC makes a bizarre comparison between dog breeding and raising children, appears to suggest that dogs are given rights to raise their puppies for a certain length of time. Uhmm…? pic.twitter.com/tUObnX3xKP
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) December 11, 2019
On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez continued to suggest that dog breeding was somehow on the same-level as people raising children in society, writing, “Puppies aren’t separated from their moms until ~8 weeks. Less than that is thought of as harmful or abusive. One of the most common lengths of US paid family leave is ~6 weeks. So yes, when we ‘let the market decide’ on parental leave, ‘the market’ treats people worse than dogs.”
“At a bare minimum, we need to fight for 3 months paid family leave in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Ideally, I believe we should have 6-12 months of paid leave – just as many other industrial nations do.”
Fox News noted that Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison of raising children to dog breeding in “an apparent attempt to dispute Heritage Foundation scholar Rachel Greszler, who had advocated businesses and workers negotiating their own terms for wages and paid leave.”
Greszler slammed Ocasio-Cortez in a statement to Fox News, saying,
“As a woman who has given birth to six children, “I find being compared to a breeding dog with puppies incredibly offensive. What AOC failed to point out is the reason many states require puppies to spend at least eight weeks with their mothers is in the context of them being sold to people after that period.”
Online, Ocasio-Cortez was mocked over her comments for a variety of reasons.
Actor Adam Baldwin noted that Ocasio-Cortez made a distinction between women and “people who give birth,” calling Ocasio-Cortez “NewSpeak Barbie.”
Not mothers, but “people that give birth.”
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) December 11, 2019
Ryan Petty wrote: “The tortured logic of totalitarian tendencies.”
The tortured logic of totalitarian tendencies. https://t.co/7b1DorIxv4
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) December 11, 2019
Former White House official Steven Cheung tweeted: “AOC comparing raising children to breeding dogs shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is standard fare for the Congresswoman. Further proof that elections have consequences.”
AOC comparing raising children to breeding dogs shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is standard fare for the Congresswoman.
Further proof that elections have consequences. https://t.co/H4vpVIWNVT
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) December 11, 2019
Daily Wire Editor at Large Josh Hammer tweeted: “I’m reminded of the liberal attorneys who cite foreign nations’ death penalty practices to argue that ‘evolving standards of decency’ requires ending the death penalty here. In both instances, the Left relies on morally incoherent analogies to justify its policy preferences.”
I’m reminded of the liberal attorneys who cite foreign nations’ death penalty practices to argue that “evolving standards of decency” requires ending the death penalty here.
In both instances, the Left relies on morally incoherent analogies to justify its policy preferences. https://t.co/qR55kmjCeM
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) December 11, 2019