Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has a loose grip on facts. One might be tempted to blame it on her youth and inexperience; after all, she is only 29 years old.
That is a cop-out. She is a member of Congress and should understand basic criminal laws.
Fortunately for her, a Republican congressman was there to educate her.
Representative Chip Roy, R-T.X., took AOC to school on Tuesday in a congressional hearing.
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that there is a law that specifically punishes “domestic terrorists” for committing hate crimes.
However, the law doesn’t make this distinction.
AOC displayed her ignorance in this exchange with Michael McGarrity, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee:
“So, because the perpetrator was Muslim they’re — doesn’t it seem that because the perpetrator is Muslim that the designation would say it’s a foreign organization?”
Of course she has to turn this into a hearing about so-called Islamophobia and race.
She can’t understand why some white mass shooters in the U.S. are not charged with domestic terrorism while Muslim mass shooters do receive foreign terrorism charges.
McGarrity corrected her by saying, “No, that is not correct, that is not correct. The law does not differentiate between the religions of homegrown violent extremists. However, the FBI would classify individuals who are radicalized by the global Jihad as foreign terrorists, as was the case with the San Bernardino shooting.”
Then Rep. Chip Roy jumped in to correct AOC and call out her ignorance.
Roy took AOC to school when he said, “That’s why you were describing there were no charges under it. Because there was nothing to charge. “
Well played, Chip Roy.
Rep. Roy continued his lesson: “However, there are numerous crimes under which you can charge people who are engaged in criminal activity, and that happens all of the time, whether it’s hate crimes or other crimes, right? Engaged in criminal activity, federal, state and local, correct?”
Despite being put in her place, AOC could not let it go. She couldn’t help herself.
She responded to McGarrity by saying, “Could you see how one could see how the way that we are pursuing and charging white supremacy, particularly if they tend to be charged with hate crimes, and where that same type of violence committed by a Muslim extremist could be charged with domestic terrorism?”
No, she needs to open her ears. They both just told her that there is no such thing as a “domestic terrorism charge.”
It’s like talking to a wall.
This is what happens when you elect a 29-year-old woman with no meaningful career or life experience to Congress. She went from serving drinks to serving constituents in one calendar year. That is not a knock against bartenders, however; logic would dictate that you should have some pertinent job experience on your resume when running for Congress.
At the very least, she could take the time to open up a copy of the U.S. Constitution. That’s not asking too much.