Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a closed-door meeting with community leaders in the Bronx this week, and it didn’t go well. In fact, some folks were appalled. And some veterans, one seated next to the Congresswoman herself, stood and stormed out in disgust while she was speaking.
The New York Post reported on Saturday about Wednesday’s meeting, after speaking on the record with some who were in attendance, including veterans who stormed out.
Vietnam War veteran Silvio Mazzella, treasurer for that community board, told the Post “She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about.”
Another veteran, Anthony Vitaliano, who was also with the NYPD for nearly 40 years and was previously chairman of Community Board 11, was seated between Ocasio-Cortez and one of her staffers. He said he couldn’t take it anymore.
“”I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” he told the Post. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
After a board member brought up Yemen, Ocasio-Cortez apparently went in on American foreign policy with regard to the Middle East but did not blame any other factors or countries for violence in the region, as several attendees told the paper.
Vietnam vet Mazzella said Ocasio Cortez talking about America that way “really turned me off completely.”
She also bashed Israel’s Netanyahu and talked about a number of other progressive or left-wing talking points, which you can read about here in the New York Post’s article, leading one attendee to say “I was revolted.”
Three attendees, including the two veterans and board members named above, stormed out “in digust” according to their own accounts and one another’s. The Post also spoke with unnamed attendees, some of whom “adored” what AOC had to say, but apparently did not dispute that others stormed out.
Nevertheless, a spokesman for the congresswoman denied that anyone “stormed” out. “The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” said Corbin Trent.
“That’s bulls–t, said Vitaliano when the Post relayed the denial. “Everybody that was there knows I walked out.”
So it seems Democrats do care about when and how one uses the word “storms” about leaving a meeting. Which is weird since they were just making fun of Trump for disputing that phrase about his own meeting.