AOC says Republicans “mourn” speaker’s vote and “project” onto alcohol

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Republicans are projecting their desire to drink while “mourning” GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s faltering bid to become next House Speaker.

The New York Democrat made the remarks during an Instagram Live session with Texas Democratic Rep.-elect Greg Casar following McCarthy’s sixth straight failed vote Wednesday night.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on alcohol followed comments made by Florida GOP Congresswoman Kat Cammack, who had recently been booed by Democrats on the House floor after implying that her political rivals were drinking amid the Republican chaos .

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Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, is pictured at an event in New York City March 27, 2022 while Republican Representatives Kat Cammack and Kevin McCarthy, right, are shown on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC on Wednesday Ocasio-Cortez said Republicans “mourned” McCarthy’s failed attempts to become the next House Speaker, while suggesting that Cammack participated in the “projection” by accusing Democrats of drinking alcohol during the trial .
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“Honestly, I wish there was alcohol,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If there was alcohol you would all know because I would do fire cocktails and mocktails. But, you know, that didn’t happen. But I think there was some projection.”

“I’ll say there’s a projection,” she added. “I think there are people on the Republican side who are grieving that they’re not all that and a bag of chips. I think they thought they were and now they can’t even [elect a speaker].”

Ocasio-Cortez also said she would hypothetically bet money on McCarthy not becoming speaker, though the Republican leader might need additional rounds of failed votes before assuming his position.

“If I were a bettor, I’d bet Kevin McCarthy wouldn’t be the speaker,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The next bet is how long will it be, how many rounds will it be before Kevin McCarthy finally realizes he won’t be Speaker of the House?”

“Do you think he will give up after tonight?” she continued. “Do you think he’ll do any more rounds? Two more rounds?”

Casar responded to Ocasio-Cortez by saying his fiancé told him she got “real Jeb Bush vibes” over McCarthy, suggesting it might “become dawning” on the Republican leader that he won’t be a speaker will, although he believes he was “should get it.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to argue that McCarthy “has no real plan to get the votes he needs,” while claiming he was “just chilling” rather than trying to win votes by voting during House sessions spoke with dissidents on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Cammack’s alcohol allegation tweet“If Dems fired a shot every time McCarthy lost a Republican, we would all be knocked out by now.”

While there’s no evidence that Democrats celebrated the chaos by drinking alcohol on the House floor, many seemed pleased with the Republicans’ chaotic attempt to pick a new speaker.

MP Ted Lieu posed with a bag of popcorn before entering the chamber to enjoy the conversation on Tuesday morning.

Cammack’s alcohol comment came as she warned that Democrats are mocking Republicans in hopes of encouraging chaos.

“They want us to fight each other,” she said when nominating McCarthy for the sixth speaking position on Wednesday. “So much was made clear by the popcorn and the blankets and the alcohol that’s coming over there.”

news week has reached out to the McCarthy and Cammack offices for comment. AOC says Republicans “mourn” speaker’s vote and “project” onto alcohol

Rick Schindler

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