Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a frequent source motivating left-wing outrage.
But she took it too far.
And Kayleigh McEnany just utterly excoriated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over a meltdown that has her at odds with even her own party.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) policy statements – if not always her votes – usually align well with the far-Left which makes up a big swath of the constituency in her deep blue district.
And that’s usually in lock step with the Democrat establishment.
But Ocasio-Cortez is catching flak for comments throwing shade at fellow Democrat Eric Adams.
The NYC Mayor annoyed AOC over caving to New York City union bosses of all people.
Usually Democrats are all for raiding taxpayers’ pockets to enrich their Big Labor pals.
But in this case it’s NYPD union bosses getting a hefty increase from the public treasuries.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that the increased funding for NYPD is “misplaced” and argued the move was ultimately “defunding safety.”
This comes after City Hall came to a recent agreement with the city’s largest police union.
The last update to the union contract was seven years ago, under which officers are making over $80,000 in salary after just a few years on the force.
The new contract reportedly includes up to a 28% pay bump over that.
During an interview on “The Daily Show,” host Jordan Klepper asked the Congresswoman, “We are in New York City, and you’re talking about funding violence prevention outside of the police and yet Eric Adams has just increased police wages by 28%. Is that misplaced?”
AOC responded, “We are now at a point where officially, most officers are paid more than a teacher with a master’s degree serving these same kids involved in these same incidents. We are defunding safety, defunding our public schools, defunding our public pools, defending our parks and defunding our libraries.”
What she didn’t mention was that it was the very pro-crime policies that she and her fellow New York Democrats, like the Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, support that are directly responsible for the tremendous uptick in violent crime in recent years in New York City.
Not underpaid so much as overworked and demoralized
Officers have had to work massive amounts of overtime given the revolving door through which prosecutors put violent criminals back out on the streets.
Recruitment efforts have been hurt by left-wing activists stigmatizing cops and many would-be probationary officers likely don’t see it as worth it with the contract dollars skewed heavily in favor of veteran officers and union brass, which reach six figures.
Average annual pay for NYPD employees is $81,258, according to PayScale.com.
Ocasio-Cortez’ comments come just as security footage showed a Bronx man smashing a bottle over an unsuspecting police officer’s head before attacking her partner.
FOX Business host Charles Payne called out AOC for her comments, saying, “She was standing there as an officer of the law, a peacemaker. Someone premeditated, walks up with a bottle in their pocket, smashes her in the head, and AOC is talking about someone with a master’s degree? This is based on elitism. ‘Well, the people with master’s degrees?!’”
“Wrong on her facts”
Kayleigh McEnany agreed, saying, “She is wrong on her facts. And AOC, I want you to put on a uniform, put on that badge, go out on those streets, and let’s see how long you last being a police officer on the streets of New York.”
But Payne really hit the nail on the head when he explained how elites like AOC are not looking out for the disadvantaged communities they claim to represent.
“They are never looking out for you. They’re looking at the people at the top of these skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan. Bottom line. And you’ll always come out at the bottom of the ladder – you, your family and generations after you – if you keep voting in AOC,” Payne declared.
New York has been solidly Democrat blue for decades and the plight of the inner-city poor remains.
Donald Trump said it best when suggesting that impoverished inner-city residents try a new approach: “What have you got to lose?”
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.