Controversial Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) and Ilhan Omar (D) are involved in more controversy after they slammed NRA lobbyist Chris Cox over his concerns of a “socialist wave” sweeping across the Democratic Party. He highlighted this sweep as a threat to America, and Cox noted that there would be a “rude awakening” when “real America” votes against socialism in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election.
Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, gave a speech at the group’s annual convention in Indianapolis. In the speech, he cautioned that “the socialist wave we warned was coming is here. And it’s not just the two coasts that are underwater, the wave is hitting the heartland of America. But as this circus goes on, millions of Americans will see how far outside the mainstream these socialists have become.”
Blasting Democratic leadership, Cox questioned if attendees “think Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are mainstream in the United States of America?” And, he asserted that their “rude awakening” would come “in November of next year when the real America goes to the polls.”
In response, AOC took to twitter to slam Cox for his speech and give a “civics lesson for the NRA.”
Wild that the NRA is suggesting the voters of NY-14 aren’t “real Americans” bc they don’t think assault weapons in school classrooms is a good idea. https://t.co/p5W14vrqQ1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 26, 2019
In the tweet, AOC assures that “as much as they may not like it, the Bronx and Queens are part of ‘the real America,’ too.” And she went on to say that it was “wild that the NRA is suggesting the voters of NY-14 aren’t ‘real Americans’ bc they don’t think assault weapons in school classrooms is a good idea.”
Omar also weighed in on the back-and-forth, responding with a meme by questioning if “the Real America” could “please stand up…” before slamming Cox and saying that “this ain’t it, Chief!”
Can “the real America” please stand up…
This Ain't It, Chief!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 26, 2019
Both Reps have faced heavy criticism over perceived radical views spanning calls of anti-Semitism to wanting to implement socialist policies in the United States, but those issues along with calls for gun control are sure to be prioritized topics in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election as Democrats look to take the Presidency from Republicans.