U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has built a reputation around her penchant for attention-grabbing remarks, but her latest attack on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was particularly alarming.
According to reports, she accused her GOP colleague of leading the “Ku Klux Klan caucus.”
“This cannot be ignored”
According to the Daily Wire, AOC’s incendiary comment came after fellow progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) came forward with evidence of a threat she received via phone.
Both lawmakers have argued that the threat was a direct result of comments made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) regarding Omar.
While Boebert has since apologized to any Muslims offended by her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats appear eager to capitalize on the controversy.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the New York lawmaker accused McCarthy of allowing his “Ku Klux Klan caucus” to target “women of color.”
She went on to assert that the GOP leader “is so desperate” to be the next speaker of the House that he will “allow violent targeting” of members of Congress, adding: “This cannot be ignored.”
“Freedom to incite without consequence”
Subsequent tweets took issue with McCarthy’s response to the scandal that erupted around Boebert’s remarks, concluding that “Islamophobia is far too often tolerated and ignored” and is “made acceptable based on whether there are consequences for it or not.”
Ocasio-Cortez said her complaint is “not just about nasty phone calls and e-mails,” opining that the GOP has given its adherents “freedom to incite without consequence” while “targeting those least likely to be institutionally protected first.”
While any legitimate threat against a member of Congress should be addressed swiftly and severely, plenty of skeptics are sure to see remarks by Ocasio-Cortez and others as an effort to inflict political damage on their opponents.
It is worth noting that while Omar apparently received a threatening phone call, she has fortunately not been a victim of physical violence. On the other hand, there have been several incidents in recent years during which radical progressives have attacked GOP lawmakers.
Ocasio-Cortez has also recently turned her attention to the judicial branch as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to Mississippi’s abortion ban, tweeting: “Reminder that Brett Kavanaugh *still* remains credibly accused of sexual assault on multiple accounts w/ corroborated details & this year the FBI admitted it never fully investigated. Yet the court is letting him decide on whether to legalize forced birth in the US. No recusal.”