Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found herself being called out this Sunday evening by New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D) on social media for allegedly not being “present in the community” that she was elected to be serving.
These remarks from Ramos, who is the Chair of the New York Senate Committee on Labor, cropped up as a response to a back and forth that Ocasio-Cortez had online about healthcare.
“A couple of the most highly respected health policy academics recently set up a meeting with AOC’s office to discuss NHS style healthcare reform,” read a post from a random Twitter account. “They were told bluntly by AOC’s staff, ‘we’re not doing healthcare right now.'”
“I’m really sorry to hear that this happened. It’s not representative of me nor my values,” explained AOC. “If you can connect with details I’d appreciate it. I’ll follow so DMs will be open.”
Ramos issued her response directly at Ocasio-Cortez, stating: “Maybe if you spent more time in your office and with your team you’d know what goes on.”
“Just saying it would be nice if you breathed our air. So, as an employer, what happens with the staffer who said this?” tacked on Ramos.
Ramos issued a response to the harsh criticism of her calling out AOC by expressing that the offices for Ocasio-Cortez are on the exact same floor as hers and that she is rarely if ever seen there.
“Our district offices are on the same floor in the same building,” explained Ramos. “She’s barely ever present in the community. It’s an indisputable fact.”
Ocasio-Cortez was all over the headlines this past week in the wake of her appearing to fake being placed in handcuffs after she was arrested for blocking public roads by the U.S. Supreme Court while attending a pro-abortion protest.
Ocasio-Cortez was part of a group of 17 Democrat legislators who were officially arrested “for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307),” read a release handed down by the U.S. Capitol Police.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a counter statement that what she was doing was not a “publicity stunt … for a headline” because it was “an activist-led civil disobedience” event. “So why join disobedience at all?” she went on to state. “Because media cycles go FAST and the attention and urgency on Roe can easily fade. We must keep eyes on the issue. Civil disobedience is a highly effective way of accomplishing that, and it is a trained discipline.”
The other politicians who were arrested at the event included Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Madeline Dean (D-PA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).