Last Thursday, at Trump’s first rally since Attorney General Bill Barr offered his summary of the Mueller report the president’s moronic son Don Jr. gleefully riled up the crowd by attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Donald Trump Jr. blasts Ocasio-Cortez: "Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government…that’s pretty scary"
Crowd chants: "AOC sucks!" pic.twitter.com/Qh4TmyVSFi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 29, 2019
“Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government,” Don Jr. said. “I don’t know about you guys, but that’s pretty scary.”
Don Jr. was referencing both a gaffe by AOC (she once referred to the House, Senate, and White House as the “three chambers” of government) and the popularity of the Green New Deal. To Don Jr.’s delight, the crowd replied with a chant of “AOC sucks!”
“You guys, you’re not very nice,” a grinning Don Jr. said.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the chant on Twitter, and she was classy as hell.
That’s okay – I’ll fight for their right to healthcare anyway. https://t.co/xvp76xoPVT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2019
It’s a small thing, but it illustrates the cultural gulf between our two political parties. The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is driven by ginned-up grievance and expresses it through simplistic insult (Crooked Hillary) and ham-handed punitive policies directed at their perceived enemies (the Muslim ban, repealing state and local tax exemptions, torching DACA, etc.). The Democratic Party, broadly speaking, is driven by a genuine desire to help people, particularly the powerless, and expresses it through carefully considered policies aimed at ameliorating public ills.
The difference was on display again in a recent town hall featuring Ocasio-Cortez on MSNBC when a pro-Green New Deal heckler interrupted a former GOP congressman. “Make the changes now, you moron,” he shouted. AOC shut him down, saying “Hey, hey. That’s unacceptable.” before turning to the congressman and saying, “And that’s the difference between me and Trump.”
The reliance on insult and outright lies to rouse their base has rendered the GOP utterly incapable of engaging in any kind of substantive policy debate. There is no Republican version of a Green New Deal and there never will be, just more chants led by the buffoonish son of a billionaire who used the same strategy to take over the GOP and the White House.
h/t: Washington Post