Rep. Ocasio-Cortez proven wrong by apparent success of Trump's Bronx rally

 May 24, 2024

After it was announced last week that former President Donald Trump would hold a campaign rally in New York City's Bronx borough, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was snidely critical and predicted the event would be a failure in the predominately Democratic neighborhood.

Yet, Trump's rally in the Bronx on Thursday appears to have been a success, much to the humiliation of his leftist critics like Ocasio-Cortez, according to the New York Post.

The progressive "Squad" member was even called out by name by one of the former president's local guest speakers who jokingly chided the congresswoman for her inaccurate predictions about the weather and attendance at the event.

AOC's critiques of Trump's Bronx rally event

In the days leading up to former President Trump's Bronx rally, The Hill reported that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that Trump was only trying to raise money to pay his legal bills and was only holding the event in the Bronx because he was tied to New York City by way of his required attendance at his ongoing criminal trial in Manhattan.

"Donald Trump is broke. He needs money," the congresswoman asserted. "He’s hosting a rally to try to con people and try to fleece them out of every dollar that they have to fund his own legal fees."

"And by the way, he’s doing it in the South Bronx, not to make a point, but because he’s got court and the man practically has the legal version of an ankle bracelet around him, and he can’t leave the five boroughs because he always has to be in court. And so it is truly an embarrassment to him," she added.

Then, on the morning of the rally, Ocasio-Cortez shared on social media a video clip of a heavy downpour at Crotona Park, the venue for Trump's rally, and wrote, "God is Good" with the praying hands emoji -- clearly implying that the heavy rain and resultant muddy conditions was divine intervention and an answer to her prayers in opposition to the Trump event.

Trump's rally held as planned

The rain did not persist, however, nor was the park reduced to a muddy morass, and thousands of former President Trump's supporters turned out for the Bronx rally that proceeded as scheduled, per the New York Post.

Trump's supporters began lining up hours ahead of the event, as is typical for his rallies, and the campaign announced that it had received more than 20,000 RSVPs. Actual attendance was estimated to be around 10,000, well in excess of the 3,500 cap imposed by the campaign's rally permit with the city.

Trump ultimately spoke to his gathered supporters for about an hour and a half, only sharing the stage briefly toward the end with a couple of guest speakers who addressed the crowd for a few moments.

His speech covered a wide variety of topics, including his current legal troubles at the hands of partisan Democratic prosecutors and judges, the policy failures of President Joe Biden, their upcoming presidential debates, and his plans for the nation if re-elected to a second term in the White House.

"Madam Prophet AOC"

One of those guest speakers, according to the Post, was Hispanic former City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr., who called out Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for her apparent celebration of the morning's rain storm as a sign that God did not approve of the former president's campaign event.

"Madam Prophet AOC, you have become a false prophet," the former councilman turned minister said. "Look at what a beautiful day ... I would say, humbly, that even God wants you in the Bronx."

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