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If I thought it would help, I’d grab Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by the shoulders and shake her. But this woman is so void of reason, not even an industrial paint shaker could get some sense into her.
As an elected official, AOC evidently thinks it’s her place to give advice on how to riot– safely, of course. She shared a cute little infographic on her Instagram and added her own words of wisdom:
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BE SAFE. Here’s our guide on being prepared for safe protests. PLEASE READ ⬇️ . 1. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating these protests, breaking windows and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, DOCUMENT IT. Always check who is organizing. . 2. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It IS a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. If they just showed up, that’s a red flag. . 3. HAVE A BUDDY. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on you and check in on them. . 4. STAY SAFE and take care of each other. 💜
I just stared at my computer screen for a full five minutes trying to figure out where the hell to even start with this.
Let’s begin with the obvious, I guess: Elected officials should not be encouraging people to break the law or telling them how to get away with it. I get it, you don’t like the rules because they’ve become inconvenient for you. THEN WRITE DIFFERENT RULES. That’s your JOB as a Representative. You’re literally being paid to make the rules.
As for the infographic itself, umm. . . No. Just. Hard pass on that. It’s just a big fat list of how to not get caught (and stay hydrated, because safety!). Like, yeah, I guess it’s practical advice, but the problem still remains that Ocasio-Cortez is NOT A PERSON WHO SHOULD BE GIVING THIS ADVICE. Stay in your lane!
And then, when you think it can’t get any worse, you read the caption.
Really? White supremacist infiltrators? There’s a lot of questionable things going on that make one wonder who has stakes in these riots and how far they’re willing to go, but freaking white supremacists? Based on what evidence?! SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE.
But I think the most telling part of this post is what it doesn’t say. You’ll notice that, while AOC warns protesters to look out for white supremacist infiltrators committing acts of violence, she never encourages her little rioters not to be violent. Just make sure the other guys aren’t.
I understand that she’s most likely talking to protesters, not rioters or looters. And protesting is a Constitutional right– I have no issue with people protesting or being encouraged to do so. But with the rampant violence that’s characterized the past protests, it’s willfully ignorant, stupid, and irresponsible to fail to mention it even once. Unless you’re actually pretty chill with rioting, in which case it’s just sick.
And what about the ‘Rona, Sandy? What about social distancing? Sure, she includes a mask in her “what to wear” section, but there’s a ton of reasons to wear one to a protest and I’m not convinced COVID was her motivation for including it (or having it included, I’m really not prepared to give her credit for actually making the graphic).
This is a person whose pinned tweet is about social distancing.
To everyone in NYC but ESPECIALLY healthy people & people under 40 (bc from what I’m observing that’s who needs to hear this again):
PLEASE stop crowding bars, restaurants, and public spaces right now. Eat your meals at home.
If you are healthy, you could be spreading COVID.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 14, 2020
This is a person who calls on other elected officials to deescalate riots.
@NYCMayor your comments tonight were unacceptable.
As mayor, this police department is under your leadership.
This moment demands leadership & accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong.
Make it right. De-escalate.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 31, 2020
This is a person who warned of a dire COVID doomsday.
The Trump admin is now projecting 3,000 daily deaths by June, and they are STILL pushing to “reopen.”
We are now careening towards one 9/11-scale death event *per day.* This was all preventable w/ tests, tracing,& policy.
Instead the GOP showered their friends w/ bailout money.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
What are protesters careening toward now, AOC?