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AOC: Calling the border crisis a ‘surge’ pushes ‘white supremacist philosophy’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), D-N.Y., has criticized the use of the word “surge” to describe the border crisis because it “consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame.”

“They wanna say, ‘But what about the surge?” Ocasio-Cortez said to her Instagram followers during a live broadcast on Tuesday. “Well, first of all, just gut check, stop. Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame.”

The Democratic “squad” member went on to say that anyone using the term “surge” is pushing a “white supremacist idea-philosophy.”

“And that’s a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a White supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are.”

Ocasio Cortez’s statements sparked outrage online, with many calling her out since she has yet to visit the southern border.

Fox News contributor Lara Trump slammed Ocasio Cortez on Monday for her “total hypocrisy.”

“It’s total hypocrisy,” she said. “The way they covered this under the Trump administration versus the Biden administration is total hypocrisy. Where is the outrage from the folks on the left? Where is AOC down there doing a photo op?”

Ocasio Cortez, who has been vocally opposed to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, has been quiet regarding President Joe Biden’s handling of the border crisis. She previously accused Trump of housing migrants in “concentration camps.”

“What’s happening at our Border is a human rights crisis. But Trump is not in Office and ultimately, the Dems want to turn these folks into voters, so the media will remain silent and AOC will casually blame white supremacy,” a twitter user wrote.

Ocasio Cortez has yet to announce any plans to travel to the southern border while her fellow “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar said that she will be joining the delegation to the Carrizo Springs facility on Friday.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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