“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in a meeting with constituents this weekend and drifted into predictable territory, criticizing the United States and President Trump. Two veterans who were at the meeting, walked out.
Isabel Vincent and Shant Shahrigian reported at the New York Post:
Veterans walk out of meeting with Ocasio-Cortez after she bashes US foreign policy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bashed US foreign policy during a private meeting with Bronx community leaders, prompting two military veterans to storm out.
“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” said Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet and treasurer of Community Board 11.
Anthony Vitaliano — an Army veteran who worked in the NYPD for 38 years, and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives — was sitting between Ocasio-Cortez and a staffer for the freshman Dem.
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” the former CB11 chairman said. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
It’s unclear why the subject of foreign policy would come up in a community meeting in the Bronx, but AOC took positions which should surprise no one.
The progressive firebrand slammed the US policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has supported Yemen’s government in a brutal civil war, according to attendees. Some blamed her for not including the roles of other nations in explaining the volatile region’s violence.
“Talking about America, that really turned me off completely,” said Mazzella, 74, who said he fought in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.
When Israel came up later in the meeting, Ocasio-Cortez suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats, according to a person at the meeting.
“I was revolted,” said the attendee, who didn’t want his name published.
AOC’s people tried to spin this, naturally.
Tim Pearce writes at the Washington Examiner:
Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman Corbin Trent contested the veterans’ accounts.
“The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” Trent said.
“Everybody that was there knows I walked out,” Vitaliano said, calling Trent’s account “bullshit.”
Who can blame these vets for walking out?
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