“In the 9/11 commission they had, they were charged with investigating and making sure they dug up every nook and cranny of what happened and how it happened in our system, and I think that kind of study is what’s going to be required in order to reunify as many children with their parents as possible,” Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said while she was speaking at a town hall in her home place of Queens, New York.
Although AOC spoke of a “9-11 Style” investigation just this Saturday, last week, Representative Yvette Clarke actually created a new bill to establish a similar commission. Specifically, she wanted to create “a 9/11-style Commission to investigate the treatment of migrant families and children.”
Representative Escobar also wanted to create an “independent commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission to examine the handling of migrant families and children,” introducing another bill.
these representatives are clearly listening to their constituents and taking action. It’s hard to know what to do about the children at the borders on an individual level (though here is our guide), so it’s comforting to know that our lawmakers and representatives are doing something to help the children at the border currently locked up in cages.
Of course, Liz Harrington, Republican National Committee spokeswoman, disagrees wholeheartedly with these Democratic Representatives’ statements, claiming that AOC’s comments downplay the horrific nature of 9/11. Harrington also said that AOC’s “divisive rhetoric never ends” – so she can tell when AOC is being divisive, but not Trump, who is objectively 100x more decisive than any politician we’ve had before? It’s almost as if Republicans think they can start throwing around words democrats use to criticize the President and therefore make legitimate criticisms of Democratic Representatives. It just doesn’t make any sense, and I’m sure if Harrington found some real criticisms and then expressed them well, she would be so much more convincing.
It’s been a busy past week: these announcements by Democratic Representatives came just after AOC and other Congresswomen underwent a series of social media attacks by President Trump. All attacks instigated by Trump were racist and xenophobic by nature and have continued throughout the past week, with new tweets coming out almost daily. Just today, Trump sent out a few more tweets regarding AOC and her colleagues were attacked, including Omar. This was days after Trump allowed the crowd at his rally to chant “SEND HER BACK” for a whole 13 seconds before moving on; after this ensued, Omar went “back” to Minnesota and was greeted back home by her constituents.
AOC was doing the right thing by trying to treat the kids in cages crisis as a serious problem and take action from it, and neither do her or other congresswomen deserve the racist attacks brought upon them by the President of The United States. I think AOC hit the nail on its head when she spoke of Trump’s racist comments: Trump’s agenda is about “ethnicity and racism,” not anything remotely meaningful, powerful, or progressive. But hey, tell me something I don’t know, right?