Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held a press conference last Tuesday, delivering remarks over how he views President Trump’s coronavirus response and the economy.
Following his prepared remarks, Biden responded to questions from reporters for the first time in nearly three months.
Joe Biden was asked a question regarding monuments, and Kimberley Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, responded by writing on Twitter: “Finally, Biden asked more precise question about monuments. Responds by saying that it would be ‘better’ if local governments took steps to take down confederate statues, but won’t condemn people lawlessly tearing them down.”
#BREAKING: Joe Biden on monuments: "The idea of comparing whether or not George Washington owned slaves or Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and somebody who was in rebellion, committing treason, trying to take down a union to keep slavery — I think there's a distinction there." pic.twitter.com/bh316lwbZy
— The Hill (@thehill) June 30, 2020
Following Kimberley Strassel’s tweet, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) retweeted her post and chimed in on Sunday, saying: “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to Senator Cruz and implied that Joe Biden was nominated out of fear of the Democrats’ base.
“Yes, that is precisely why the party nominated… Joe Biden”, AOC wrote. “Is it me, or is the GOP losing their touch with the conspiracy-theory-as-campaign-rhetoric technique?” Continued Below
Senator Cruz then replied to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez with five burning questions, informing her, “You’re the base he’s terrified of.”
“Do you support: 1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln? 2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore. 3) Abolishing the police. 4) Acquiescing to ‘autonomous’ lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP? 5) ANTIFA mob violence?” he pressed the New York Congresswoman,” the Texas Senator asked AOC.
Most recently, AOC weighed in on the proposed New York City budget cuts to the police department, saying the cuts don’t go far enough.
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman said in a statement. Continued Below
As of this article being published, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has yet to answer Senator Ted Cruz’s questions. We will update if she responds.
Senator Ted Cruz’s official tweet:
Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists.
That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them. https://t.co/B5nRPRGBYM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets:
Is it me, or is the GOP losing their touch with the conspiracy-theory-as-campaign-rhetoric technique?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 5, 2020
Senator Ted Cruz’s questions to AOC:
You’re the base he’s terrified of.
Do you support:
1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln?
2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore.
3) Abolishing the police.
4) Acquiescing to “autonomous” lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP?
5) ANTIFA mob violence? https://t.co/qJCM6Z7yjt
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2020
AOC’s statement on defunding the police:
Inbox: @AOC weighs in quite critically on developing de Blasio-City Council NYPD budget deal > pic.twitter.com/QRZ3hvmBU6
— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) June 30, 2020
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