‘Shutdowns are not an inevitability, it’s not something that we want to do’
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has slammed Republicans, accusing them of causing lockdowns by not wearing masks.
AOC took part in a “Cooking Q&A” to answer questions on COVID-19 relief – a practice she has exercised since entering office in 2018.
But the congresswoman used the session to attack Republicans who are pushing back against shutdowns that are destroying businesses and livelihoods.
“Here’s what’s ironic to me, all these Republicans, all these people who were anti-shut down, were the same people who weren’t wearing masks, who forced us to shut down in the first place,” she said.
“Shutdowns are not an inevitability, it’s not something that we want to do.
“It’s not something that anybody wants to do.”
AOC disagreed with Republicans frustrated about the new lockdowns popping up in areas like southern California, telling people “you better have been wearing a mask all damn year” if you’re going to complain about it.
“Nobody wants a shutdown, but the same people who are now anti-shutdown.”
‘We’re the same people who weren’t wearing masks — who forced caseloads to be so high that we had to shut down areas, to begin with,” she said.
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“So if you’re anti-shutdown, you better have been wearing a mask all damn year, because don’t come to me and say you’re anti-shutdown when you’re spreading COVID all over the place, potentially.”
Ocasio Cortez said she was referring to both the public and elected officials who oppose the shutdowns.
AOC’s remarks came as Congress is still stalling on passing a coronavirus relief package.
On Friday, the Senate passed the $740 billion defense spending bill, while passing a stopgap measure allowing them a week to find a solution on COVID-19 relief as the holidays draw closer.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced a backlash from Republicans after announcing a bill to federally legalize marijuana while ingoring the COVID-19 relief fund to help small businesses.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the chamber is considering multiple bills, including the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.
Another bill up for review seeks to ban breeding and private ownership of big cats, featured in the popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” earlier this year.
Republicans took to Twitter to accuse Pelosi of prioritizing “cannabis and cats” over working to settle on a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill.