On social media, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized a pro-Israel group, referring to it as an “extremist organization.”
In response to a post on X, which was formerly known as Twitter, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recently targeted Ocasio-Cortez and nine other lawmakers who voted against a resolution that showed solidarity with Israel and condemned Hamas’ recent attack on the country. However, Ocasio-Cortez did not shy away from the criticism and addressed it head-on.
In a scathing critique, she condemned the organization for singling out lawmakers of color and implied that their actions posed a significant risk to democracy in the United States.
In a recent tweet, X shared her belief that AIPAC had endorsed numerous insurrectionists who participated in the Jan 6th event. She also expressed her opinion that AIPAC is not a friend to American democracy and is in fact, a highly racist and bigoted PAC in Congress. X added that the organization disproportionately targets members of color and is an extremist group that undermines the stability of US democracy.
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In response to the remarks made by the New York Democrat on X, AIPAC has refuted her claims that the organization discriminates against people of color.
The group expressed their discontent by stating, “We are tired of hearing the same lies and spin.” They further added that according to @AOC and the Squad, anyone who does not agree with them is a racist. The group, AIPAC, stands with pro-Israel Democrats and Republicans from all backgrounds who support the US-Israel alliance. Conversely, they oppose those who do not support this alliance, like the person they were addressing.
In response to AOC’s comments about AIPAC, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) shared similar sentiments. Furthermore, AIPAC responded to Pocan’s criticism regarding X.
In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s post, Pocan shared his thoughts on Twitter, stating that many people feel the same way about what AIPAC really stands for. He expressed his concern over the organization’s role in promoting insurrectionists and made it clear that he does not consider them a friend of democracy.
AIPAC hit back at @MarkPocan, claiming that he is being hypocritical. They pointed out that he is targeting AIPAC for something that other PACs supporting him are also guilty of doing. AIPAC challenged him to remain consistent and condemn all PACs engaged in such activities. They also called on him to return the six-figure donation he received from those PACs during the last cycle.
AIPAC’s recent interactions with two House Democrats have made headlines, following a tense exchange between the group and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) just a day prior. AIPAC had criticized the 10 lawmakers who voted against the Israel resolution last week, prompting a heated back-and-forth with Rep. Massie.
In response to AIPAC’s tweet, he expressed, “AIPAC always gets mad when I put America first.” He also mentioned that he won’t be supporting their $14+ billion shakedown of American taxpayers. He urged people to share their thoughts by replying to their post. Furthermore, he pointed out that AIPAC is intentionally misrepresenting his intent and the resolution he voted against.
On Monday, House Republicans unveiled an aid package for Israel worth $14.3 billion. However, this package includes a reduction in funding for the IRS, which has already sparked criticism from the Democrats and the White House. The move has raised concerns amongst the opposition who are expected to push back against the proposal.