Newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her first appearance in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, but the first item on her agenda has fellow Democrats seeing red.
Ocasio-Cortez joined a group of young activists called the “Sunrise Movement” in staging a sit-in protest outside the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Minority Leader and, come January, the likely Speaker of the House — and Ocasio-Cortez’s new boss.
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the protesters, who were holding signs asking for a “Green New Deal” from Democrats in charge, and demanding “Green Jobs for All,” shook hands, and gave high-fives to the 50 or so protesters who blocked the entrance to Pelosi’s office.
The event marked Ocasio-Cortez’s first visit to the soon-to-be Speaker’s office, and leftists were pretty miffed that she introduced herself to her Democratic colleagues not by embracing inter-party collegiality, but by openly disagreeing with her party’s long-time leadership.
Alexandra Ocasio Cortez makes her first visit to Nancy Pelosi’s office — for a climate change protest. pic.twitter.com/PXTBoGcWcb
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) November 13, 2018
What, they asked Ocasio-Cortez, do you think you’re doing?
@Ocasio2018 WTF are you doing? Nancy Pelosi is your friend, not your enemy. Nancy Pelosi passed cap-and-trade. Nancy Pelosi has ZERO influence on climate policy because GOP controls the Senate and WH no matter how much you protest. WTF are you doing?
— eigenscape (@eigenscape) November 13, 2018
First shot is a huge miss! Try protesting the Republicans
— Tony Tombrillo Jr (@bigwheezie) November 13, 2018
I would respectfully submit that it’s much more difficult to craft legislation and seek bipartisan sponsors than make signs and protest. This might be a time to identify potential alliances + present solutions rather than spotlight areas of division.
— Phoebe Wall Howard (@phoebesaid) November 13, 2018
This helps no one except the GOP.
— CJ (@WSAcanuck) November 13, 2018
Others suggested that perhaps Ocasio-Cortez needs a short lesson on how Washington works.
Wrong side of the aisle.
Nancy knows a thing or two about climate change because she got one of the biggest bills through.
Perhaps Alexandra doesn’t know how Congress works.
— 2018 Vote Dems! Our Lives Depend on Our Votes! (@AlasscanIsBack) November 13, 2018
This is an bizarre choice for the protesters since NP unilaterally passed major climate legislation with no buy-in from the Senate in 2009.
— Jane’s not Tame (@JksKathryn) November 13, 2018
They might have known she was a tad bit unprepared when she explained her desire to be “inaugurated” several months ago, so that she could begin “signing bills.”
Republicans seemed all too happy to allow Ocasio-Cortez to launch internecine warfare within her own party.