This Dem Upstart Stole Pelosi’s Thunder

After President Trump gave his address to the nation, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi gave an official response. However that isn’t the one getting attention.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once again showed her love of the limelight when she gave her own response to Trump’s address on MSNBC.

Just one more instance of Democrats not being on the same page, as the message Ocasio-Cortez delivered has largely overshadowed that of the House Speaker and Senate Minority Leader.

Many liberals have already declared her statement as the “real” response to Trump, with host Rachel Maddow declaring her “one of the highest profile members of this new Congress.”

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Seeming to miss the point of the president’s address entirely, the fledgling congresswoman actually used her opportunity to suggest decreasing the defense of our nation by calling for the dismantling of ICE and questioning Trump’s support of it. 

“The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “the president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all.”

It seems like Democrats are having trouble coming together just within their own party, a telling sign of why they haven’t been able to work with Republicans to conclude the government shutdown.