By: D. Kennedy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a constant critic of the Republican Party since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and has built her credit as a first-term lawmaker through online savviness and a large social media following. She has used her platform to point the blame at others, rather than creating a difference to bring the change she talks about. She keeps pushing to the far left.
Ocasio-Cortez recently slammed the federal Paycheck Protection Program on Twitter. She suggested that the GOP “played favorites” in deciding which businesses and organizations received the funding and said that black-owned small businesses were widely shut down from accessing the loans. She claimed that “right-wing disinfo org PV” took half a million in public money and then criticized the assistance as “Republicanism in a nutshell.”
However, U.S Sen. Marco Rubio pointed out that the PP program, worked together by Democrats and Republicans, helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans. Sen. Rubio has been on the frontlines of the Senate’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee that is dedicated to helping small businesses keep employees on their payroll during COVID-19 shutdowns. “Work more, tweet less & one day you too can make a difference,” Rubio tweeted to her in response.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also slammed parts of the bipartisan bill on Twitter for its liability protections. It shields companies that are operating during the pandemic from lawsuits. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also called the liability protections “disgraceful,” while others argue that leaving U.S businesses exposed to COVID-19 grabbing lawyers is disgraceful. Democrats oppose this because it is the trial lawyers’ lobbying that makes up 95% of Democrats political donations.