Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday questioned the Democratic leadership of the House for planning a public rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic statements, saying no such action was taken when Latinos and others were attacked.
“One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities,” the freshman New York lawmaker tweeted, using a gender-neutral term for Latinos.
“… (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled ‘Go back to Puerto Rico!’ on the floor),” she added.
The 29-year-old progressive darling said it wasn’t her “position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid.”
She continued: “But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll ‘send Obama home to Kenya?’”
Omar, 37, has been criticized for suggesting that American politicians are being forced to “pledge allegiance” to Jewish leaders and that Israel’s relationship with the US was “all about the Benjamins.”
Ocasio-Cortez has defended Omar multiple times over the past few weeks — blasting President Trump in the process after he called for the Muslim lawmaker’s resignation even though she issued an apology.
“In this administration + all others, we should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry,” she wrote in another tweet Tuesday.
“And the most productive end goal when we see it is to educate and heal. It’s the difference btwn ‘calling in’ before ‘calling out,’” she said.
“‘Calling out’ is one of the measures of last resort, not 1st or 2nd resort. We do it when repeated attempts to ‘call in’ are disrespected or ignored. And I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she often thinks about her work interactions with “white or male allies” who utter insensitive comments.
“The 1st thing I do is pull them aside + say ‘hey, you may not be aware of X thing regarding Latinx people, but here is the history and it’s hurtful. If you want to learn more, read Y.’”
And she rounded up her tweetstorm by telling her more than 3.4 million followers not to get her “started on misogyny.”
“If we called resolutions on sexist statements, a good chunk of Congress would be gone. To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action. So I ask everyone that we practice calling in before calling out.”