(AbsoluteNews.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a loud critic of the establishment within her own party. The congresswoman supported President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign, but only after it was clear she had no other choice. The party voted for him and she hated former President Donald Trump more than she disliked Biden.
Since Biden took office, AOC has complained about a number of his policies and appointees. Her most recent disagreement with the president is over his choice in appointing a US ambassador.
In August, Biden nominated former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) to serve as the new ambassador to Japan. Emanuel also served as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. The White House released a statement praising the longtime politician for his work during the Obama administration and for his role as a previous mayor of Chicago.
On September 1, AOC released a statement about the nomination. She called it “deeply shameful” and accused the former mayor of trying to “cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald.” The congresswoman urged the Senate to vote “no.”
McDonald was a 17-year-old teenager killed by former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The officer claimed he shot the teen because he posed a threat to the public. There was a video of the shooting, but Emanuel failed to release it. A judge finally stepped in and forced his hand.
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The recording completely contradicted the department’s explanation for the shooting. It showed Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times while he was walking away from the police. Prosecutors charged the officer with second-degree murder. A jury found him guilty, and a judge sentenced him to 6.75 years in prison.
Days before Van Dyke went to trial, Emanuel announced he wasn’t going to run for reelection. Many people believed his decision was due to the outrage over his handling of the case.
More Progressives Speak Out
AOC isn’t alone in her outrage. Other Progressives ripped the administration over the decision to nominate Emanuel. Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO) released a joint statement about the decision. The lawmakers also accused the mayor of trying to cover up the shooting of the teen. They said that would have “ended his career” in any other line of work. Instead, the president wants him to represent America on the world stage.
The congresswoman called Biden’s decision “professionally and politically indefensible” and also “personally offensive.” They called on the Senate to vote no.
The disagreement is yet another rift in the party as the 2022 midterm elections approach. Will this hurt the party further?
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