Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez releases a video endorsing Maya Wiley for New York City mayor

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at the rally where she endorsed progressive candidates in upcoming election for city wide offices in City Hall Park.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at the rally where she endorsed progressive candidates in upcoming election for city wide offices in City Hall Park.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video backing NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley on Wednesday.
  • AOC’s endorsement earlier this month has coincided with a polling boost for Wiley.
  • Ranked choice voting is new to this year’s race, and early voting is underway.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a video on Wednesday detailing her endorsement of Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.

With less than a week to go before the city’s Democratic primary, early voting is already underway, and the crowded field is further complicated by the city’s debut of ranked choice voting.

The second-term congresswoman wields one of the most powerful endorsements for Democrats seeking to consolidate the progressive vote in the contentious mayoral election. But Wiley, a civil rights attorney and former cable news analyst, is facing off against several other more moderate candidates, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia. Whichever Democrat wins the primary will likely prevail in the general election this fall.

“We have an option of a candidate who can center people, racial justice, economic justice, and climate justice, that didn’t just come up to run for mayor, but has experience and has a lifetime of dedication to this,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the video, which pulled from her endorsement speech earlier this month.

She added, “Maya Wiley grew up in the movement and she understands and appreciates the importance of grassroots organizing, not just in supporting but in leading movements, in being the north star for policy.”

Ocasio-Cortez appeared with Wiley at a campaign rally outside City Hall in Manhattan last week to announce that Wiley would be her first choice of candidates in the city’s new ranked-choice electoral system. This allows people to vote for several candidates in addition to their top choice.

The congresswoman largely stayed out of the race until the final days, but has been repeatedly critical of a few candidates, including Yang.

Much of the public polling on the 2021 mayoral race has been sporadic and limited, with New York’s three biggest pollsters – Marist College, Siena College, and Quinnipiac University – sitting out the race until this week, when Marist released a poll in conjunction with WNBC, Telemundo, and Politico.

Simulating ranked choice voting is the most common reason cited by pollsters for holding off on the Democratic primary, and some have tried while others have done a more conventional horse race model.

Wiley had struggled to break out for months, but now sits somewhere in the top three to four candidates, consolidating progressive backers as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s campaign has stalled. Two women have accused Stringer of sexual assault in the early 2000s. Stringer has denied the allegations and any wrongdoing.

After rounding up the most support from the party’s left wing early on, Stringer has since lost several prominent progressive endorsements – including a mass defection from Ocasio-Cortez’s cohort in the New York State Legislature – with some switching to rivals while others have held off.

Wiley, for her part, has improved her fundraising in recent months, reaching more small donors and getting creative with The Strokes performing for one.

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Progressives call on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire amid McConnell’s threats to block future Supreme Court nominees

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

  • Progressives are calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire.
  • “For the good of the country, now is the time to step aside,” an ad that ran in Politico read.
  • The call comes after Sen. Mitch McConnell said he would block future nominees to the court.
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Progressives have mounted a pressure campaign to get Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer off the bench while the Senate is still under Democratic control, which would clear the way for President Joe Biden to appoint his successor.

Eighteen legal academics endorsed an ad set to run in the New York Times on Friday, urging the 82-year-old Breyer to step down to avoid a possible scenario in which Republicans win the Senate in 2022 and block future judicial nominees put forth by Biden.

“It is time for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to announce his intent to retire,” reads the letter, signed by scholars at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, among others. “Breyer is a remarkable jurist, but with future control of a closely divided Senate uncertain, it is best for the country that President Biden have the opportunity to nominate a successor without delay.”

The news site Politico ran a full-page ad signed by more than a dozen major advocacy groups on Wednesday, which likewise called on Breyer to retire. Demand Justice, Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, Working Families Party and Sunrise Movement were among the 13 progressive organizations that signed on to the statement, first reported by The Huffington Post.

“If Breyer were replaced by an additional ultra-conservative justice, an even further-right Supreme Court would leave our democracy and the rights of marginalized communities at even greater risk,” the groups said in the ad.

“For the good of the country, now is the time to step aside,” the ad concludes.

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Full-page ad endorsed by 13 progressive groups urging Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down.

Renewed calls for Breyer’s retirement come in response to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell shutting down hopes for Biden to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy if Republicans regain the Senate next year. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, the GOP leader said it is “highly unlikely” that he would allow Biden to confirm a justice should a court seat open up under his Senate majority leadership.

Alarmed by that possibility, progressives are demanding that Breyer, the oldest Supreme Court justice, leave the bench.

“Anyone who still doubted that Stephen Breyer not retiring could end in disaster should pay attention to Mitch McConnell’s recent comments,” Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon said in a statement. “If Republicans regain control of the Senate before Breyer’s replacement is confirmed, the Court’s legitimacy and our democracy will be at even greater risk.”

McConnell’s blocking of Garland: ‘The single most consequential thing I’ve done’

After Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell famously blocked then-President Barack Obama’s pick to replace him, Merrick Garland.

The top Republican denied Garland a hearing or vote for his confirmation, leaving the seat empty until President Donald Trump won the 2016 election and took office. As Senate majority leader, McConnell advanced Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court in April 2017 – more than a year after the vacancy opened up.

The move sparked outrage among Democrats, yet McConnell has lauded the effort as “the single most consequential thing I’ve done in my time as majority leader of the Senate.”

Under Trump, McConnell ushered in two more Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench. The newly appointed justices replaced retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respectively.

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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the U.S. Capitol during a series of meetings with senators on Sept. 29 in preparation for her confirmation hearing.

McConnell is now signaling that if the GOP takes back the Senate next year and he once again becomes majority leader in 2023, he would rely on the same tactic to prevent a Biden nominee for the Supreme Court from moving forward.

“McConnell isn’t just saying the quiet part out loud – he’s shouting it in the face of Justice Breyer and Congressional Democrats and daring them to do something about it,” Aaron Belkin, director of Take Back the Court, another progressive group that endorsed the ad, said in a statement to Insider.

“At this point Democrats only have two choices: expand the Court or accept that Republicans will get to make the rules in perpetuity no matter how unpopular they are,” he added.

Breyer isn’t commenting publicly

Since Biden was sworn in and Democrats won the Senate in January, progressives have called for Breyer’s retirement to ensure that a new liberal justice will sit on the bench for decades to come.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, Breyer has served for 27 years on the nation’s highest court. The current Supreme Court term ends in just a few weeks but Breyer has not yet publicly weighed in on his retirement.

Recently, he stressed the importance of having an independent judiciary, potentially suggesting that he won’t make a decision based on politics.

“My experience of more than 30 years as a judge … has shown me that once men and women take the judicial oath – they take that oath to heart,” Breyer said during a virtual lecture in April at Harvard Law School. “They are loyal to the rule of law, not to the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”

“It is wrong to think of the court as just another political institution and it is doubly wrong to think of its members as junior league politicians,” he continued.

Some left-leaning congressional Democrats have also expressed their support for Breyer’s retirement in recent days. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Sunday told CNN that she agreed with fellow New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, who said Breyer should leave at the end of the court’s term.

Jones, a Democratic freshman, became the first member of Congress earlier this year to publicly urge Breyer to retire. Following McConnell’s comments this week, Jones said that “it has never been more urgent” for the justice to step down.

“It is good to see even more progressive leaders step forward to say that Breyer needs to step down now to protect his legacy,” Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, said in a statement.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki conducts the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on June 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki faced questions about the ongoing negotiations between the Biden Administration and Congress over infrastructure and other topics.

Biden also faces pressure to fill a Supreme Court seat of his choice, previously promising on the campaign trail to put the first Black woman on the bench during his tenure. Yet White house press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in April that the president would not push Breyer to announce his retirement.

“He believes that’s a decision Justice Breyer will make when he decides it’s time to no longer serve on the Supreme Court,” she said.

Progressives argue that another conservative justice on the court would tilt its ideological balance even further to the right and bring decades of jurisprudence that may threaten their priorities, which include universal health care, voting rights, LGTBQ+ protections, and other issues.

“Leaving this Supreme Court seat up to Democrats’ chances in 2022 is dangerous and would threaten the lives of women, immigrants, a stable climate and the future of our generation,” Sunrise Movement said in a statement to Insider.

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AOC: I’m ‘inclined to say yes’ that Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s current term

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she agreed Justice Stephen Breyer should retire from the Supreme Court.
  • New York Rep. Mondaire Jones previously called on Breyer to retire from the court.
  • “I believe that we should protect our Supreme Court, and that that should absolutely be a consideration,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN.
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said she agreed Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the court’s current term.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked whether she agreed with comments made earlier this year by her colleague, New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, who called on Breyer to retire.

“There’s no question that Justice Breyer, for whom I have great respect, should retire at the end of this term. My goodness, have we not learned our lesson?” Jones told Cheddar in April.

“I believe Representative Jones has a point,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September 2020 at the age of 87, had received calls to retire before former President Barrack Obama so he could’ve nominated a replacement in case a Republican won in 2016.

Ginsburg a year before her death spoke out against critics who criticized her for staying on the court.

“When that suggestion is made, I ask the question: Who do you think the president could nominate that could get through the Republican Senate? Who you would prefer on the court than me?” Ginsburg said at a September 2019 event, according to CNBC.

Ocasio-Cortez said she needed to give more thought to the issue but said she ultimately believed that Breyer should retire from the court.

“I would give more thought to it, but I’m inclined to say yes,” she said.

The court’s current term is over at the end of the month.

Breyer was appointed to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. At 82, Breyer is the oldest judge on the court.

During his one term in office, President Donald Trump appointed three justices to the court. All of his nominees were confirmed by the Senate. In 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court to fill the seat that opened when Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

And in 2018, Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired that year.

Then, when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020 while she was still serving on the court, Trump quickly nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. After a contentious confirmation hearing, Barrett too was confirmed to the court.

The court now has a 6-3 conservative majority, causing concerns among progressives as issues like abortion make their way before the court. As Insider previously reported, Senate Democrats have been largely silent on whether Breyer should retire under Biden’s current term.

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AOC rips into fellow Democrats for taking Ilhan Omar’s comments on the US and Israel’s potential war crimes out of context

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their “broken” countries, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019.

  • AOC slammed fellow Democrats for misconstruing Ilhan Omar’s comments about war crimes inquiries.
  • “Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification … of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” AOC tweeted.
  • This came after Democrats misleadingly said Omar equated the US and Israel with terrorist groups.
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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Thursday blasted fellow Democrats for distorting comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota regarding potential war crimes committed by the US, Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban.

“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. “They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”

Other Democrats, including Reps. Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Betty McCollum, also defended Omar against the mischaracterization and criticism of her remarks on investigations into war crimes.

This came after a group of 12 Democrats put out a statement condemning Omar over remarks she made in a tweet regarding a discussion between the Minnesota lawmaker and Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Monday. The statement misleadingly accused Omar of “equating” the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and urged her to issue a clarification.

But Omar was referencing two open International Criminal Court (ICC) cases into potential war crimes – one involving the US and the Taliban in Afghanistan and another involving Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Neither Israel nor the US recognize the authority of the ICC, which can try individuals for war crimes, and Omar questioned Blinken about the issue of accountability for atrocities in violent conflicts.

In a tweets responding to the statement from the group of Democrats, Omar said, “It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call. The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”

She added, “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from ‘deeply seated prejudice’. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever.”

Democratic leadership on Thursday also released a statement that distorted Omar’s words and suggested she drew “false equivalencies” between democracies like the US and Israel and terrorist groups.

Omar faces consistent attacks from fellow members of Congress

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, has repeatedly had her comments on foreign affairs taken out of context by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as prominent groups in Washington.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby, released an ad during fighting between Israel and Hamas in May that superimposed Omar’s image over Hamas rockets and distorted comments she’d made about the conflict.

The ad was prompted by an Omar tweet that said, “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”

The AIPAC ad falsely stated, “When Israel targets Hamas, Rep. Omar calls it an act of terrorism.”

At the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a rare rebuke of AIPAC, telling reporters, “I don’t agree with Congresswoman Omar’s comments, but it’s very disappointing to see deeply cynical and inflammatory ads twisting her word.”

Republicans have frequently made Islamophobic remarks about Omar, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia as a child, suggesting that she’s a terrorist sympathizer.

The progressive Democrat has also been accused of anti-Semitism in relation to comments she’s made on Israel, even as she’s been vocal in condemning hate crimes targeting Jewish people.

In 2019, Omar apologized after sending a series of tweets that suggested politicians in Congress had been bought off by groups like AIPAC, which critics said played into anti-Semitic tropes. Omar at the time said, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes … This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

Meanwhile, influential politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is Jewish and briefly lived in Israel, have come to Omar’s defense against allegations of anti-Semitism with regard to criticism of the Israeli government.

“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel,” Sanders said in a statement in March 2019.

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AOC steps up criticism of infrastructure talks with GOP, saying Democrats are ‘burning precious time’

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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019.

  • AOC ramped up criticism of talks with Republicans on Wednesday.
  • “McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now,” she tweeted.
  • A top Republican in a bipartisan group ruled out tax hikes for their infrastructure plan, a key Democratic priority.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York assailed the crawling pace of negotiations with Republicans on Wednesday, arguing Democrats are wasting time on the legislative calendar.

“Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan 6 commission,” she wrote on Twitter. “McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now.”

She also cited the futile experience Democrats had negotiating the Affordable Care Act with Republicans over a decade ago. They eventually passed it without Republican backing.

The New York congresswoman also strongly criticized the idea of Democrats “playing patty cake” with Senate Republicans in an earlier tweet, saying the current array of economic, political, and climate challenges facing the country demanded urgent action.

It comes as Biden recalibrates his approach a day after pulling the plug on negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the chief Republican negotiator on infrastructure. Both sides failed to strike a deal with sharp disagreements on the size of a package and how to finance it.

Now, another bipartisan group led by Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mitt Romney of Utah is poised to take the lead. Romney, along with Sen. Bill Cassidy, told Insider on Tuesday that the group of 10 senators was eyeing repurposing stimulus aid to states to finance infrastructure spending. Biden has already rejected that approach.

Romney on Wednesday ruled out tax hikes in the emerging plan. Tax increases on large firms, wealthy investors, and other high-earning Americans have constituted a core part of Biden’s economic spending plans.

Four Senate Democrats who lean moderate also expressed heightened concern that climate provisions were at risk of being left out in any infrastructure package. Biden’s two-part plans include setting up electric-vehicle-charging stations across the country.

“An infrastructure package that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote,” Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted on Wednesday.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed civil rights attorney Maya Wiley for New York City mayor

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New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed civil rights attorney Maya Wiley for New York City mayor.
  • In endorsing Wiley, Ocasio-Cortez said that “we need a city by and for working people.”
  • The endorsement could give Wiley a major boost over the other progressive candidates in the race.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent progressive voices in the country, on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley in the New York City mayoral race, imploring voters to “come together as a movement.”

For Wiley, a civil rights attorney and former political and legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, the seal of approval from Ocasio-Cortez is a significant development as she sought to consolidate progressive voters in the run-up to the June 22 Democratic primary.

In accepting the endorsement, Wiley appeared with Ocasio-Cortez outside of City Hall in Manhattan, where the attorney also served as counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio from 2014 to 2016.

“If we don’t come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires, and we need a city by and for working people,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “So we will vote for Maya No. 1.”

(New York City is using a ranked-choice system for the first time in a mayoral race; in addition to their first-choice candidate, voters can select additional candidates in descending order.)

For Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th Congressional district, anchored in the eastern section of the Bronx and parts of Queens, it’s a chance to prove her influence among liberal and younger voters in the city.

For Wiley, the thumbs-up could give her a lasting boost over her most direct rivals in the progressive lane, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive.

Both Stringer and Morales have faltered in recent weeks over separate controversies.

Still, Wiley will face a set of formidable candidates in a field that includes Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner.

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A right-wing writer who crowdfunded $100,000 to repair the Puerto Rico home of AOC’s grandmother says she declined to accept the money

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

  • Right-wing writer Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire raised over $100,000 for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother in Puerto Rico.
  • Ocasio-Cortez posted photos of her grandmother’s home after Hurricane Maria. She called out delayed relief.
  • Walsh accused the NY lawmaker of “virtue-signaling.”
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A right-wing writer crowdfunded over $100,000 after launching a campaign for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.

Matt Walsh, a writer with conservative outlet the Daily Wire, began the GoFundMe on Friday after criticizing Ocasio-Cortez for “allowing” her grandma to live in dire conditions.

Ocasio-Cortez earlier this week tweeted out that her grandma is ill and hasn’t yet received hurricane relief in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which hit the US territory more than three years ago. In her tweet slamming former President Donald Trump over delayed relief in Puerto Rico, the New York lawmaker shared photos showing bare living quarters with ceiling tiles peeling off and buckets set up around a room to catch dripping water.

“This is her home. Hurricane MarĂ­a relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Walsh accused Ocasio-Cortez of “virtue-signaling” and living large while her family needs help.

“Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions,” Walsh tweeted in response to Ocasio-Cortez.

Within hours of going live, Walsh’s campaign reached its goal of $48,990. Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother has declined to accept the money, according to Walsh, who spoke with Insider. The campaign raised over $104,000 before GoFundMe shut it down, he said, and the money will be returned in full to each donor.

In a tweet in reply to Ocasio-Cortez, Walsh asked the New York rep to DM him details so he could send her grandma the raised funds.

Walsh told Insider AOC “ignored us” when he reached out over Twitter asking for the information to transfer funds over.

Walsh on Twitter wrote that GoFundMe in an email said the family has “made clear they will not be accepting the funds raised.”

After Walsh started the GoFundMe, #HelpAbuela began trending on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez posted photos of her grandmother’s home to illustrate the dire conditions in Puerto Rico post- Hurricane Maria. She faulted Trump for delaying and denying aid to the island after the catastrophic hurricane.

“What’s happening to Puerto Ricans is systemic,” she said in her tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office also didn’t immediately respond to an email from Insider.

But in a tweet to Walsh, Ocasio-Cortez stressed that her grandma is doing okay and she is trying to raise awareness that Puerto Rico needs aid.

“My abuela is okay,” she said. “But instead of only caring for mine & letting others suffer, I’m calling attention to the systemic injustices you seem totally fine w/ in having a US colony.”

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who compared mask rules to the Holocaust, once said AOC ‘should be shamed’ for comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting.”
  • Greene made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live reported by CNN’s KFile.
  • Greene attacked AOC at the time for comparing migrant detention facilities to concentration camps.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been denounced for her repeated comparisons of mask-wearing and coronavirus vaccination efforts to the horrors suffered by Jews during the Holocaust, once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting” and “incomprehensible.”

According to CNN’s KFile, the Georgia Republican made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live post, before she was a member of Congress.

Greene directed her remarks at Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who at the time had come under fire for tweeting that migrant detention facilities at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration function like concentration camps. “We are calling these camps what they are because they fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

Several GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s statements, while Democrats, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, came to her defense.

Greene slammed Ocasio-Cortez at the time, saying the comparison is “just so disturbing,” per CNN.

“She should be shamed by everyone that she’s actually using those terms and making that comparison,” Greene said. “And I think it’s an embarrassment to our country that we actually have a congresswoman that would do such a thing. And I’m calling her out big time. I think everyone should call her out.”

“She should never, ever, make that comparison,” Greene continued. “It’s insulting, extremely insulting to the families who have family members that were murdered or survived concentration camps. And that just shows you a lot about who she is as a person. And then also anyone that agrees with her and the Democrat party.”

Greene’s newly-unveiled comments come as top House Republicans, including McCarthy, have condemned the congresswoman for her recent likening of mask-wearing and vaccine rules to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted on Tuesday. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”

The “gold star” reference, which historians more commonly refer to as a yellow star, was an identifier that Nazi Germany forced Jews to wear.

Greene said last week that the House mask mandate enforced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “exactly the type of abuse” Nazis committed against Jews.

McCarthy, the House minority leader, said on Tuesday that Greene’s language was “wrong” and “appalling.” At least one GOP lawmaker, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has called for Greene’s expulsion from the House Republican conference.

Greene has since doubled down on her stances and used the controversy to attack Democrats, saying they are “reminiscent of the great tyrants of history.”

Greene’s office did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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AOC calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves’ after the GOP lawmaker chased her down a hallway in the Capitol

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a “pretty belligerent person.”
  • The comments came after Greene reportedly chased after Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday.
  • “These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for pursuing her down a hallway in the Capitol and berating her on Wednesday.

“I think it’s pretty public record that this is a pretty belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves,” the New York Democrat told reporters on Thursday.

The confrontation unfolded after the two lawmakers exited the House chamber on Wednesday, according to reporting from The Washington Post. Greene shouted Ocasio-Cortez’s name twice, in an apparent attempt to get her attention, then proceeded to hurry after the New York lawmaker when she did not respond.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”

Ocasio-Cortez threw her hands up, but did not engage further with the Georgia Republican.

When asked for her reaction to the situation, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday that “this isn’t even about how I feel.”

“It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol,” she said. “I’m not going to let kids see that we’re going to be intimidated out of our fight for justice.”

The comments come hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the House Ethics Committee investigate Greene for reportedly chasing Ocasio-Cortez through the corridor and shouting at her.

Ocasio-Cortez said its up to the committee to make a determination. “She was certainly chasing,” she told reporters.

The progressive Democrat compared the outburst to an incident last year, when she was accosted on the Capitol steps by former Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who called her a “f— b–.” At the time, she spoke on the House floor condemning the vulgar language and sent a message to women to stick up for themselves and not “accept abuse from men.”

“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday.

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Pelosi says Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with ‘abuse’ and ‘verbal assault’ in the Capitol

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) arrives for an event on Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021.

  • Nancy Pelosi suggested Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee for confronting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Pelosi described Greene yelling at Ocasio-Cortez and pursuing her down a hallway as “abuse” and “verbal assault.”
  • The Washington Post first reported on Greene’s behavior, which occurred as the two lawmakers exited the House chamber on Wednesday.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee for aggressively questioning and pursuing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Pelosi described Greene yelling at Ocasio-Cortez and following her down a hallway as “abuse” and “verbal assault,” and called the behavior “beyond the pale.”

“It probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee,” Pelosi told reporters, adding that it’s not her place to decide what that committee investigates. “This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection in which the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened.”

On Wednesday, the far-right freshman lawmaker from Georgia chased Ocasio-Cortez down a hallway as the two left the House chamber, accusing her of supporting terrorists and “radical socialism,” The Washington Post reported Thursday. Greene called out “Hey Alexandria” twice as Ocasio-Cortez walked away, per The Post.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”

Ocasio-Cortez threw up her hands and said something to Greene that The Post’s reporters couldn’t hear. The Republican then turned to reporters and called Ocasio-Cortez a “chicken” and “pathetic.”

“She’s a chicken, she doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal,” she said to a small group of reporters and onlookers near the entrance to the chamber. “These members are cowards. They need to defend their legislation to the people. That’s pathetic.”

In response to Wednesday’s incident, a spokeswoman for Ocasio-Cortez urged congressional leaders and others in charge of enforcing rules at the Capitol to “take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place.”

“Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer,” the spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, told The Post in a statement. “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff – especially as many offices are discussing reopening. One Member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene’s attacks.”

Greene has repeatedly singled out Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive members of Congress and, at one point, released a campaign ad featuring an image of herself holding an assault rifle next to pictures of Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats’ faces. Facebook took down that particular ad for violating its policy against “violence and incitement.”

Ocasio-Cortez has said that she and other Democratic lawmakers don’t feel safe around many Republican House members, particularly those who have minimized or lied about the events of January 6.

Another progressive lawmaker, freshman Rep. Cori Bush, moved offices to be farther away from Greene after she accused Greene of accosting her in a Capitol hallway. Greene denied the charge and called Bush a “terrorist” for helping lead Black Lives Matter protests.

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