Democrat candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made a huge splash since trouncing incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the NY-14 primary, calls herself a socialist and is big on activism, if not geopolitics.
So big on activism, in fact, that in an interview with Democracy Now! on Monday, she called for the “occupation” of airports and ICE offices as part of the effort to “mobilize” the so-called Resistance.
As Newsweek noted, Ocasio-Cortez is now one of the most recognizable faces of the absurd “Abolish ICE” movement that, despite the hesitation of more politically and governmentally savvy Democrats, is gathering steam among the grassroots.
“Our nation is in a moral crisis,” said Ocasio-Cortez in response to a question about why she went to the border just three days before the primary election.
“Every day that we allow these two thousand children that have been ripped from their parents — which is an internationally recognized human rights violation, this is being done in our name, this is being done in representation of us as United States citizens — every day that we allow the continued violation of those children’s rights is the day I believe the moral character of the United States is at stake.”
“We have to have a rapid response,” she said. “And I think every day that we go on, especially a day when something that heinous happens, we have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”
“We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk,” she said.
She called the Trump presidency “rising fascism” and said “we need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to LaGuardia airport. We need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to our local ICE agency.”
“This can only be blocked through our own action,” she added.
The interviewer, Amy Goodman, pointed out that LaGuardia is in the district that Ocasio-Cortez is running to represent.
Watch the video below for the entire, lengthy interview. The “occupy” comments begin at around the 52-minute mark.
Amy Goodman will moderate a live conversation tonight between Barcelona mayor Ada Colau Ballano and New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Be sure to tune in! The video will stream here and at democracynow.org.
Posted by Democracy Now! on Monday, July 16, 2018
Occupy every border, she says. Totally reasonable.