Oh, AOC. What an inspiration. If she can get elected to Congress without two brain cells to rub together, there’s literally nothing I can’t do.
Recently, in a House Oversight Committee hearing, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez tried to find out from assistant director of counterterrorism at the FBI Michael McGarrity why certain hate crimes (the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, for example) were not charged as domestic terrorism. The answer, as McGarrity explained repeatedly, is that a domestic terrorism charge does not exist.
He went on to explain that, as in cases of violent acts perpetrated by Muslims (the San Bernardino or Pulse nightclub shootings, for instance), the crimes committed by white extremists were investigated as both hate crimes and cases of domestic terrorism. But a statute for domestic terrorism, like the one for foreign terrorist organizations, doesn’t exist. It’s just, it’s not a thing.
Somewhere between his second and third attempts to explain this rather simple concept, AOC began to cut him off and restate what she had said prior that McGarrity had already explained was incomplete or incorrect. You know, the way people interrupt you when they don’t care about what you’re saying, they’re just waiting for the chance to talk themselves. Put another way, the way people act when they’re not listening.
The best (worst) part is that, after the hearing, AOC tweeted about her victory. Yup. As far as she’s concerned, she got the best of that exchange. I’m going to parse this tweet sentence by sentence because it’s just mind boggling to me:
“First the FBI witness tried to say I was wrong.” Because you were.
“I tried to be generous + give benefit of doubt, but then we checked.” Checked what?
“I wasn’t.” You were.
“Violence by Muslims is routinely treated as “terrorism,” White Supremacist violence isn’t.” Wait, did you just say “Terrorism is treated as terrorism?” Also, McGarrity literally said the examples you gave of white supremacist violence was investigated as terrorism! He said those words! Where were you?!
“Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook.” THEY WERE INVESTIGATED AND CHARGED BY THE FBI!!!
I just can’t with this woman. I need to lie down.