Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared irritated at Senator Joe Manchin on Thursday over remarks the West Virginia Democrat Senator had made Wednesday regarding the “defund the police” movement.
Senator Manchin posted an article of an interview he did with the Washington Examiner on Twitter, and wrote with his post, “Defund the police? Defund, my butt. I’m a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans’ jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police.”
Senator Joe Manchin’s tweet:
Defund the police? Defund, my butt. I'm a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans' jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police. https://t.co/EIFHX5OQ37
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 11, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez, in turn, responded with a passive-aggressive photo from the most recent state of the union address, in which she appears to stare down Manchin for applauding, reported Daily Wire.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2020
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), however, weighed in on the exchange, warning Georgia voters of what is hidden within AOC’s cryptic feud with Senator Manchin and indicated that it is political “theatre.”
“This is all theatre. If Dems win GA, Chuck Schumer will be terrified of being primaried from the Left, which means AOC will effectively be Senate Majority Leader. And Joe Manchin will dutifully obey (like he did on ACB & impeachment). They’re trying to hide this from GA voters,” the Texas Senator wrote on Twitter Thursday.
This is all theatre.
If Dems win GA, Chuck Schumer will be terrified of being primaried from the Left, which means @aoc willeffectively be Senate Majority Leader. And Joe Manchin will dutifully obey (like he did on ACB & impeachment).
They’re trying to hide this from GA voters. https://t.co/uEyHUyM25g
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 12, 2020
Manchin has sought to distance himself in recent days from the left flank of the party, a move that appears increasingly important with two special elections in Georgia — elections that will decide the future of the senate majority — and a Democratic Party concerned that radicalism harmed them in down-ballot races across the country, as reported by the Daily Wire.
Ocasio-Cortez has been adamant that the Democratic Party shouldn’t dismiss its activist base, which she has credited for coming up with the “defund the police” slogan, and also recently declared that its a politician’s job to own the message emanating from the base, Daily Wire noted.
“I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy,” Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times in an interview on Saturday. “And that their base is not the enemy. That the Movement for Black Lives is not the enemy, that Medicare for all is not the enemy.” Continued Below
Meanwhile, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) this week, suggested that the Democratic Party needs to embrace its progressive base.
We show up, we matter, we deserve to be seen and heard. pic.twitter.com/RDEo6nPwsA
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 11, 2020
Embrace the base 💜
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) November 11, 2020
Over the summer Reps. Tlaib and Pressley proposed legislation, known as the BREATHE Act, which calls for federal funding of local police and federal agencies to be reduced and the difference diverted to pay for health care, education, environmental, and housing programs.
It would also eliminate federal programs and agencies used to finance Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the controversial Department of Defense 1033 program, which transfers excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies, per Fox News.
Other provisions include abolishing surveillance tactics disproportionately used to target minority communities, electronic monitoring — including ankle monitors, smartphone apps and other tools — ending civil asset forfeiture, ending the “three strikes” law and repealing laws that criminalize illegal immigration, as reported by Fox News.