Thursday 9th of February 2023

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez heckled for ‘voting to start nuclear war’

The congresswoman was branded a “liar” and a “coward” for backing US military aid to Ukraine

Protesters have interrupted a town hall event being addressed by Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, accusing her of pushing the US into a nuclear war with Russia and China by supporting military aid to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia.

Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was heckled during a Q&A, held to engage with voters in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Wednesday.

A man in the audience interrupted the far-left congresswoman from New York, shouting that none of the things she was speaking about would matter if there’s a nuclear war.

“You’re voting to start a nuclear war with Russia and China. Why are you playing with the lives of the American citizens? Why are you playing with our lives?” he shouted.

The protester also wondered how could Ocasio-Cortez claim to be a “progressive socialist” yet consistently vote in favor of lethal US aid packages for Ukraine, which only escalated the fighting. “You’re a coward!” he proclaimed.

He was backed by another man, who described himself to be a left-winger and former fan of AOC, who’d become disillusioned with her over her actions in Congress. “I believed in you and you became the very thing you sought to fight against. That’s what you’ve become. You are the establishment,” the second man claimed.

He urged Ocasio-Cortez to follow the footsteps of another prominent female politician Tulsi Gabbard, who quit the Democratic Party earlier this week, saying that it fell “under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers.”

“You have done nothing! Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice,” the man told AOC.








Tulsi Gabbard’s rapid transformation from rising Democratic star to demonized outcast –  culminating this week with her decision to leave the party – has exposed the one thing on which every powerful person in Washington can agree: war is good.

It’s the one thing, in fact, that everyone must agree on, if they expect to attain any power and have a long and prosperous career in American politics. Those who don’t will be kept on the fringes, at best. If they speak out too effectively, they’ll be branded a traitor. As former congressman Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul, have proved, they’ll never be taken seriously as a presidential candidate and won’t be allowed to contest, regardless of how many debates they win. 

Gabbard has illustrated this reality better than anyone. Consider how much she brought to the table when she entered Congress in 2013, how touted she was as the next big thing, then look at how seemingly little it took for her to be essentially excommunicated. Her fall from grace was astonishingly quick, and illuminating.

Then just 31, she came from one of the most reliably blue states, Hawaii, as the youngest lawmaker to ever represent her district. She’s non-white. In fact, she checked a couple of those identitarian boxes that the Democrats love so much, becoming the first Hindu member and the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress. She’s a war veteran. She’s articulate and comes across as a person who passionately believes in what she’s saying.




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NOTE: picture at topAn 1896 Judge magazine cartoon which has William Jennings Bryan- a Presidential candidate – and the Populist Party swallowing  up the mule representing the Democratic party. A reminder that Populism can take many forms, across the political spectrum, and emerges from what Margaret Canovan calls the ‘shadow of democracy’ when the mainstream parties fail to deliver what the ‘people’ want.