As Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) was asked her position a couple of weeks ago on the humanitarian crisis taking place in Venezuela and whether or not she believes Nicolás Maduro’s regime is legitimate.
Ocasio-Cortez, who normally doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to blasting something or someone she doesn’t like, gave an uncharacteristically tepid response:
“Violence is horrible,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells NR when asked to comment on the situation. When pressed on whether the Maduro government is legitimate or Guaidó deserves U.S. support, she adds that she’ll “defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been traveling recently, but took to the Twitter machine earlier today to take the freshman Congresswoman to task on what she said:
When a reporter asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if the Maduro regime is legitimate, she offered this non-answer: “I defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this.” A simple “no” would have sufficed. https://t.co/GIGQd7ffOh
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 15, 2019
In a post published on her Stand For America website, Haley wrote about what she calls the Democratic party’s “cowardice” on Venezuela. After criticizing Rep. Ilahn Omar’s (D-MN-5) “Democracy Now!” comments, Ocasio-Cortez’s “non-answer”, and presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) refusal to label Maduro a dictator, Haley said:
I hope we can put politics aside. I hope all our leaders on both sides of the aisle can recognize that some things are more important than scoring political points. This is about good versus evil. This is about human rights. This is about the basic humanity of all people, and the God-given right to live freely in possession of one’s own destiny.
It should be noted that this isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been asked where she stands on this issue.
When asked about it back in March, Ocasio-Cortez took a blame-America-first approach, similar to the one Omar took earlier this month:
Here’s a transcript of her statement, via the Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez said it was a “complex issue” and important to approach the humanitarian crisis there “very carefully.”
“I think it’s important that any solution that we have centers the Venezuelan people and centers the democracy of Venezuelan people first,” she said. “I am very concerned about U.S. interventionism in Venezuela, and I oppose it, especially when we talk about a figure like U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams here. He’s pled guilty to several crimes related to Iran-Contra.”
“I am generally opposed to U.S. interventionism as a principle, but particularly under this administration and under his leadership, I think it’s a profound mistake,” she added.
A socialist who refuses to criticize socialism and a socialist dictator, choosing instead to blame her own country. Who woulda guessed?
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