Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Republicans ahead of a vote to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, referring to the move as targeting women of color.
The New York Democrat offered a heated floor speech that included slamming her notebook on the floor in disgust.
Ocasio-Cortez explodes over vote to boot Omar, slaps notebook against podium: ‘Targeting women of color’ https://t.co/q0PNAQqFdP
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 2, 2023
The congresswoman’s words
“Consistency? There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack, except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body,” she said.
“I had a member of the Republican Caucus threaten my life and the Republican Caucus rewarded him with one of the most prestigious committee assignments in this Congress,” the congresswoman added.
AOC has MELTDOWN after Ilhan Omar is booted from House committee and calls it ‘racism and incitement of violence against women of color’ https://t.co/8DjymCkOkd pic.twitter.com/Q3YXQXddKw
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 2, 2023
The bigger story
“Omar’s fellow House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky told DailyMail.com that he’s spoken to the congresswoman about the current situation and she has a ‘right to free speech’ – but not to a committee post,” the outlet reported.
“The Foreign Affairs committee involves, you know, sensitive intelligence briefings and things like that, and when it comes to our national security and when it comes to our relationship with Israel, her views have a bearing on her ability to serve on that committee,” Barr said.
Tlaib, AOC Meltdown After Ilhan Omar Loses Her Committee Assignment https://t.co/egV4Mi7YFy
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 2, 2023
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only one upset over Omar’s situation. “Ahead of the vote fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who has repeatedly justified Palestinian terrorism in Israel, got emotional on the House floor,” Townhall reported.
Omar’s problems go back more than two years ago. The lawmaker has repeatedly gushed antisemitic remarks and spoken against Israel, one of America’s top allies in the Middle East.
In addition, the Minnesota congresswoman has been anti-American in her comments at times, perhaps most notably in refusing to call out terrorism in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans as 9/11, saying instead that “somebody did something.”
Omar faced a heated battle for her own reelection in her Minneapolis-area district over similar issues, ultimately winning over challengers to keep her seat.
Instead, she’s now facing attacks from conservatives in the Houes who seek to remove her from power over her lack of concern for America’s values and its allies.