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Cortez and Waters: The New Faces of the Ignorant and Intolerant Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders was just the start. Recent events have shown the American public how ignorance, intolerance, and hatred now dominate the former party of FDR & JFK. No one exemplifies this “new” Democratic party better than Maxine Waters and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. For a clear example of intolerance and hate look no further than Maxine Waters. Back in January of 2018, Maxine Waters appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” to comment on the allegation that President Trump called some Third World nations “s***hole countries.”

As is typical of the “new” Democratic party, Maxine Waters had no interest in a spirited debate or discussion of the facts. Instead, she went on a hate-filled tirade, with Trump-loathing guest-host Joy Reid watching and agreeing. Honestly, this is not the first or last time she has made a fool out of herself. More on that in a minute.

Here is just a small excerpt of Waters’ tirade: “I have called him what I know him to be for a long time. Remember when I called him a scumbag. I’ve called him a racist, deplorable, despicable, adding to what others are calling him—a moron, ignorant, on and on and on,” she said.

“The United States of America is being represented by the most despicable human being that could possibly ever walk the earth,” she continued.

I ask you this: Can you imagine a world in which any Republican could have made those comments against Barack Obama, and lived?

Wait, it gets better. In June of 2018, Waters followed up her performance with even more hate and intolerance. As reported by Real Clear Politics: “If you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” Waters said. “Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants…who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep! No peace, no sleep!’”

Waters drones on: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Folks, this should scare the hell out of you. Consider that her extreme, unethical, and potentially illegal comments (incitement to riot) come less than a year after a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter tried to murder several Republican lawmakers during a congressional baseball practice. The gunman shot Republican Rep. Steve Scalise several times during the attack, nearly killing him.

Democrats should be toning down the rhetoric and vitriol, not calling for incitements to riot. Who is the party of hate now?

Further, an August 2, 2018 story titled “Maxine Waters Slammed with FEC Complaint After Reportedly Funneling $750,000 to Daughter” broke, placing Congresswoman Waters under the Federal Election Commission lens. Writing for LifeZette, Fred Lucas reported, “Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump resistance in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a long-standing controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter,” Karen Waters, “or her public relations firm Progressive Connections, for help producing them.” I look forward to the FEC connecting the dots and following the money, and seeing how it all shakes out.

Then there is avowed Socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the true face of the ignorant. Ronald Reagan said it best: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” Just take a look at her excruciating-to-watch interview on PBS‘s “Firing Line,” for portrayed proof of that statement.

(Credit: Facebook/Larry Schweikart)

During the interview, Ocasio-Cortez was asked to explain and expand on a comment she had made referencing Israel as an “occupation” force in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After taking a moment to gather her “thoughts,” she said the following: “I am not the expert at geopolitics on this issue,” she said with a laugh. “I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these, for me, I just look at things through a human-rights lens, and I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue.”

Now I am sure I am not the only one that is confused. Why? An op-ed piece by the Washington Examiner titled, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talks About the ‘Occupation of Palestine’ but She Doesn’t Know What That Means” explains it well. The Examiner article began, “Even with her degree in international relations, the lack of knowledge beyond buzz-words should not be surprising.”

On August 3, 2018, FrontPageMag.com reporter Daniel Greenfield wrote, “Don’t make too much of teenagers and their political views. That’s usually solid advice. Because at that age they change a lot. And these days the twenties are often the new teens. So it’s not too surprising that the left’s new socialist role model had a bunch of different views. And probably still will. Because as her interviews make clear, she doesn’t really know anything. And just has the millennial skill to position her brand, but there’s nothing underneath.” Not mincing words at all.

Greenfield expounded on Ocasio-Cortez’s seeming philosophies ebbing and flowing like the tides of the moment, saying: “I suspect that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez largely parrots whatever views are on her radar. In college, she drifted into a more sensible academic niche and echoed those views. Then she drifted into activism and parroted their views. As her “Firing Line” interview made very clear, she doesn’t know anything, can’t explain her views and is just an overgrown teen who got elected to the House.”

On a side note, this is a screaming wake-up call about the current status of our education system and what exactly our kids are “learning” in college. I wrote an article about this months ago, on how our institutions of higher learning have been hijacked by the left and are in fact “indoctrination” centers. It is the corruption of our youth through political ideology indoctrination, not education…and Ocasio-Cortez is the poster child.

The article continues, “Ocasio-Cortez also touched on comments she made in May when she called the Israeli military action confronting protesters trying to breach the Israel-Gaza Strip a ‘massacre’ and that ‘no state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters.’”

She continued, “There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else,” adding, “The lens through which I saw this incident [at the Israel–Gaza border], as an activist, as an organizer, I just look at that incident…just as an incident, and to me, it would just be completely unacceptable if that happened on our shores.”

While her words might evoke an emotional reaction (the objective), one must ask the question: Exactly what kind of “lens” are you looking through? Not once during her interview did she mention the almost daily rocket attacks being fired on Israeli communities where women, children, and the elderly reside. Where is your outrage, Ms. Cortez? What about the waves of hostile Palestinians who constantly attempt to breach security fences along the border, or the incessant terrorist attacks by the Palestinians? Again, I ask: Where is your moral outrage now, Ms. Cortez?

It would seem to me that her lens has a filter on it; it is a filter I hope most Americans vote against. While she may be ignorant she is certainly not stupid. After all, she was able to beat a 10-term incumbent by 15 points, whose funds were, by some estimates, 15 times greater than hers. Here is how she did it.

She lied.

Did she or did she not claim that she was raised in the Bronx and came from “humble” roots? According to a scathing report by the Daily Mail, you grew up in a very wealthy suburb north of New York City where homes routinely sell for $900,000 or more.

And as reported by Inquisitr, “…even though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed to be a daughter of a ‘small businessman,’ and a mother who ‘cleaned houses,’ her father, Sergio Ocasio-Roman, was born in New York City and was a prominent architect, having founded the firm Kirschenbaum & Ocasio-Roman Architects, PC. According to its Manta listing, the company boasted an annual revenue of $500,000 per year.”

But it goes further than that. The district she “elected” to represent was not her own. Why did she choose New York’s 14th Congressional District? Because it was a “sure thing.”

You see, New York’s 14th district is an area with a “minority majority” and that majority is Hispanic; she played them like a fiddle with her lies.

New York’s 14th district is unique and not at all representative of most congressional districts around the country. According to the Census Bureau, it breaks down demographically as 22 percent white, 50 percent Hispanic, 9 percent black and 16 percent Asian. In addition, 45.8 percent in this district are foreign-born, and 67.8 percent report that they speak a language other than English at home.

So, she makes the rounds, speaking in their native language, appealing to the Hispanics who control, by some estimates, 50 percent of the vote. It’s not rocket science. She hustled everybody.

So there you have it folks, the “new” Democratic party. A party of intolerant haters and the woefully ignorant. I don’t know which one scares me more.

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Rene Sotolongo

Rene is an OpsLens contributor and retired Navy Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer.

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