Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York got into a Twitter feud against former congressional candidate Krystal Ball over accusations that she was not really fighting for progressives.
Ocasio-Cortez was celebrating the successful vote to unionize an Amazon facility in Staten Island, New York, when Ball side-swiped her with the criticism that she didn’t do enough to help the effort to unionize.
“Here’s the guy who organized the union drive talking about how you left them high and dry. These are your constituents and you couldn’t be bothered to show up until they’re on the cusp of victory,” replied Ball with a video of a union organizer criticizing Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Ball.
“The warehouse isn’t in my district and maybe you should look at a map before claiming so,” she tweeted. “One scheduling conflict aside, we have requested oversight investigations into Amazon, met with Amazon workers in the Woodside warehouses, and more. Hope you do more due diligence next time.”
When Ocasio-Cortez was challenged on her excuses by a reporter, she added another excuse.
“Security was an issue as well. 2021 included a lot of high level threats on my life, which limited what activities I was able to do, especially those outside. The combination of that + when we are able to get resources/time to secure them creates scheduling + logistical conflicts,” she responded in another tweet.
The video Ball posted was an interview on her show with a union organizer in Staten Island accusing Ocasio-Cortez and the other members of “the Squad” of ignoring their effort.
“You don’t have time to visit the Amazon workers but you have time to wear a ‘Tax the Rich’ dress while you’re around the richest a**holes in the f***ing country? C’mon,” said co-host Kyle Kulinski.
“Yeah, you don’t have time to actually go speak truth to power with Jeff Bezos, but you have time to cosplay with a bunch of fancy people in a dress,” Ball added.
Krystal Ball unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 in Virginia and later became a political commentator on the far-left. The Staten Island vote was the first successful vote to unionize workers at an Amazon facility.
Here’s more about the union vote at Amazon:
Amazon workers in New York win union victory