Americans were appalled last week when a deranged teenage gunman murdered 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.
Yet while most politicians were quick to offer their condolences, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) responded with a left-wing rant that left many observers shaking their heads.
According to the Daily Mail, Ocasio-Cortez put up an hour-long Instagram video in which she linked the tragedy to “the patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity.”
“Check on the men”
“It’s really important that we understand the roots of this,” the lawmaker insisted, adding, “The vast majority of mass shooters are young men that have a very troubling history with women almost every single time.”
She later asserted that “as we try to evolve out of a world that is predatory on women, gay, non-binary and trans-people because traditional regressive, you know patriarchal values, … and uplift men’s identity in relation to other things in relation to like, how women treat them, how much stuff they have.”
“Check on the men in your life,” Ocasio-Cortez told her viewers. “Seriously because there’s, it just feels like there’s very few role models and examples of people talking about this in healthy ways.”
The Daily Mail noted that Ocasio-Cortez grew overtly political in her comments and at one point called out moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for not backing progressive measures.
“Sexist and discriminatory”
Fox News reported that the progressive Democrat’s disjointed monologue drew pushback from former Rochester, New York police chief La’ron Singletary.
“I watched that video over and over again, and I don’t even think AOC knew what she was trying to say,” Singletary told “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “I’ve worked 20 years in law enforcement and the investigation is not complete.
“And here she is making characterizations and accusations and tying them to a class in our society. It’s the rhetoric from politicians like AOC that continue to divide this country,” he continued.
“In fact, what she’s saying is quite sexist and discriminatory,” Singletary complained. “And politicians have a platform, and they have to use that platform, and they have to be careful how they use it.”
“Last I checked, the motive of this shooting is still under investigation, meaning that we don’t know why this murderer decided to go into a school and wreak havoc and kill kids.”