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    The AOC Tapes: Rep says she got goddaughter into Bronx charter school - when that's a no-no in parts of her base.
    During a March 2019 town hall organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools, she had harsh words for New York City public schools — but also lauded public education as “one of the greatest gems of public good in the United States.” She warned that residents of the Bronx were now being “incentivized to enroll into a charter school.”

    “The moment we start feeling that way is when we should start fighting to improve them,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the meeting, which was attended by a who’s who of anti-charter activists, including State Sen. Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz and NYU professor Diane Ravitch.

    During the same meeting, AOC conceded that her cousin’s children also attended charter schools, according to the socialist magazine Jacobin.
    Ocasio-Cortez scorches public schools at Queens town hall
    The freshman lawmaker, speaking Saturday at a packed town hall organized by the Jackson Heights People for Public Schools, said, “As a child I spoke Spanish first. … and I went to a school where no one looked like me. I went to a school where teachers thought I needed remedial education because I spoke two languages instead of one.”

    It wasn’t until she took a “high-stakes” test in which she scored in the 99th percentile across the board, she said, that educators realized she did not need extra help.

    “It took a test instead of understanding the child in front of them,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who shared the stage with State Sen. Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, and NYU Professor Diane Ravitch, a leading charter school opponent.
    As if private schools will automatically be better.

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    The AOC Tapes: 'I was discouraged from dressing ghetto as a kid'
    “We were taught that dressing a certain way is ghetto, and once you have like hoop earrings, it’s like a very subtle. It’s not outward, but, you know, you don’t show up to a job interview in a nameplate and hoop earrings,” Ocasio-Cortez says during a Facebook live video from 2017.

    “I’m Puerto Rican. I kind of grew up with this kind of subtle message that if you dress like that, you will not be taken seriously,” she adds in her pre-Congress confessional. “Why is it that when I wear hoop earrings, it’s like sassy? But when … I don’t know, when Jessica Biel wears hoop earrings, it’s elegant.”
    The AOC Tapes: Dem darling says Thomas Jefferson 'was a progressive' president
    “Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite presidents,” AOC says while her and friend Maria Swisher visited the Jefferson Memorial. “I love Thomas Jefferson because [of] his just voracious curiosity about the world.”

    She praised some other presidents, like her "bae", Abraham Lincoln, and she had some nice words to say about Ted Cruz. “Sometimes I think Ted Cruz is a little nerdy in how he talks and people point that out. But it’s because, you know, for what it’s worth, Ted Cruz is a constitutionalist. And politics aside, that dude loves the language of documents,” she said.

    But she didn't say anything about his fathering love children with slave Sally Hemings.

    The AOC Tapes: Rep says Fox News tries to 'trigger' progressive women - part of her training at Brand New Congress's "boot camp" in Kentucky was doing mock interviews with reporters from news media with different slants: left-wing, mainstream, and right-wing.
    “These mock interviews were like the real deal. So as soon as I walked into my Fox News interview, they were calling me like young lady and, you know, amping up that, like, kind of sexist subtext a little bit,” AOC says. “And and it’s meant to, you know, trigger you a little bit and see how you handle that hot seat.”

    “You know, I guess the way that I kind of handled my Fox News interview was highlighting … the bipartisan aspects of our agenda,” she continues.

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    The AOC tapes: Watch congresswoman rock out to Bon Jovi on road trip - "Livin' On A Prayer" - she, Maria, and Josh sang along, and she did air guitar and air drums.

    The AOC Tapes: Congresswoman praises Trump in unearthed video
    “I’d like to say about President Trump is that part I think of what made his communication so effective is because he was capitalizing on the frustration of the American people,” she says. “Nobody else besides him and Bernie Sanders were really articulating the frustration of the American people.”

    Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, went unmentioned.

    During her 2018 congressional race and since taking office, Ocasio-Cortez has relentlessly railed against Trump, labeling him a “racist” and accusing him of using the language of “white supremacy.” She has also warned he is leading the country towards “fascism.”
    No contradiction. AOC finds both good things and bad things about President Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patooka View Post
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    Now that's quite funny. You mean AOC is not a socialist, even though she's admitted to being one on many occasions? She's also the rabid socialist the Bern's main backer.
    Once again, accusing AOC of being a socialist without proof. And we've had this talk about about why you can't prove Bernie Sanders is a "rabid socialist". Do you know how I know you can't prove this?



    Bernie's proposed tax plan, as shown here.


    And here is the tax plan from Australia's conservative party, currently in government:




    Bernie Sanders is more fiscally conservative than Scott Morrison's government. But that's not going to stop you from spewing rhetorical bullshit now will it?
    FMD....................if you think the senile old rabid socialist the Bern is conservative, you must have lived on Mars for the last few years! He's a self proclaimed socialist! A blood brother of Corbyn in the UK. And we all know how he went at the last election don't we! No wait: The Russians got Boris elected, right?

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    Spectrum News NY1 on Twitter: "Congresswoman @AOC, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, teamed up with city census officials for a town hall Saturday in Queens. https://t.co/DRWXTPnNyj" / Twitter
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    AOC Makes Push for All New Yorkers to be Counted in Census
    "If our kids aren't counted and our families aren't counted, then our schools aren't going to get the teachers that they need,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the event. “Our infrastructure is not going to get the investment that it requires, including our transit infrastructure, our bridges, our roads, our hospitals. So we have to make sure that our response is completely overwhelming, that every single person is counted and that everyone gets the resources that they need."

    The census starts March 12, and can be completed online, by mail or phone in multiple languages.
    Jessica Ramos on Twitter: "Did you know children under age 5 are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the US?
    This year, we’re making sure ALL children, all working families & all New Yorkers get counted. Thanks @RepAOC for hosting a #Census2020 town hall for our community! #GetCountedNYC https://t.co/zzenzVuip5" / Twitter


    Julie Menin on Twitter: "Incredible Census Town Hall hosted by @aoc in Queens! We are in a nationwide competition & can’t let other states take our funding and political representation. In 2010, Queens had a 62% self-response rate! We can and must do better. NYC we are down for the Count! #GetCountedNYC https://t.co/E03Jnp6SJC" / Twitter

    The video is at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Home at Facebook - several other AOC town-hall videos can be found there. She should have an easy time refuting her challengers' objection that "she's never in her district".

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    Rise of Sanders, AOC has some NY Democrats feeling 'left' out: Devine - discusses AOC challenger Miguel Hernandez, a 35-year-old Republican who says “I consider myself politically independent, fiscally very conservative, socially very liberal. But there’s a big difference between liberal and socialist. Socialism is one of the biggest dangers we could face.” He has support from some entertainment people.

    A son of Puerto Rican immigrants, he brags about his working-class origins and claims that “Unlike AOC, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon.” Except that AOC wasn't either. “I am a building superintendent and a certifier. There are a lot of problems with housing: mold, asbestos and lead inside the walls. Kids that are living inside these properties that are health hazards for them. I could fix it. I’ve been doing this for over 19 years.” - something that AOC's Green New Deal for Public Housing addresses.


    NY Post Publishes 12 Stories On AOC In One Day - those "AOC Tapes" stories from those long-ago Facebook Live videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Rise of Sanders, AOC has some NY Democrats feeling 'left' out: Devine - discusses AOC challenger Miguel Hernandez, a 35-year-old Republican who says “I consider myself politically independent, fiscally very conservative, socially very liberal. But there’s a big difference between liberal and socialist. Socialism is one of the biggest dangers we could face.” He has support from some entertainment people.
    That quotation is from Noel Ashman, not Miguel Hernandez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    It wasn’t until she took a “high-stakes” test in which she scored in the 99th percentile across the board, she said, that educators realized she did not need extra help.
    Which sounds like a ringing endorsement of testing. Too bad that testing, esp. high stakes testing, is considered anathema on the Left.

    “It took a test instead of understanding the child in front of them,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who shared the stage with State Sen. Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, and NYU Professor Diane Ravitch, a leading charter school opponent.
    A bit hypocritical to rant against corned beef charter schools for the hoi poloi, but if you are in the Politburo, it's fine for your family members.

    As if private schools will automatically be better.
    Not automatically better than a well-run public school, but most private schools are better than most public schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY Post via lpetrich View Post
    “We were taught that dressing a certain way is ghetto,
    Spoiler alert: it is.
    and once you have like hoop earrings, it’s like a very subtle.


    Real "subtle"

    But when … I don’t know, when Jessica Biel wears hoop earrings, it’s elegant.”
    I do not think anybody thinks it's elegant.
    Btw, I did a google image search and on a cursory glance, no hoochie hoops on Jessica Biel.

    The AOC Tapes: Dem darling says Thomas Jefferson 'was a progressive' president
    “Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite presidents,” AOC says while her and friend Maria Swisher visited the Jefferson Memorial. “I love Thomas Jefferson because [of] his just voracious curiosity about the world.”
    I agree with her on that. Jefferson is greatly underrated from both Left and Right.

    She praised some other presidents, like her "bae", Abraham Lincoln, and she had some nice words to say about Ted Cruz. “Sometimes I think Ted Cruz is a little nerdy in how he talks and people point that out. But it’s because, you know, for what it’s worth, Ted Cruz is a constitutionalist. And politics aside, that dude loves the language of documents,” she said.
    Plus the dude has a beard. What Bronx girl could resist?

    But she didn't say anything about his fathering love children with slave Sally Hemings.
    I think way to much hay is made of that. We do not know the particulars of their relationship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    A son of Puerto Rican immigrants, he brags about his working-class origins and claims that “Unlike AOC, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon.” Except that AOC wasn't either.
    Her father was an architect and they lived in Yorktown Heights which has a median household income of $108k.

    something that AOC's Green New Deal for Public Housing addresses.
    That's a big problem with GND - it attempts to address way too much.

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