Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being dragged for “bad theater” after she appeared to break down on the House floor just moments after she voted “present” on a vote to provide $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome.
The 31-year-old made a last-minute decision to amend her vote to “present” on Thursday – going against her fellow Squad members who had opposed the bill.
Moments after the bill overwhelmingly passed 420-9, the New York Democrat appeared to start crying and was comforted by fellow lawmakers.
Critics were quick to accuse Ocasio-Cortez of “theatrics.”
“Theatre and bad theatre at that,” Meghan McCain tweeted.
“AOC literally in tears after voting ‘present’ on the Iron Dome funding. More Jew hating theatrics from the squad,” Jerusalem Post columnist Emily Shrader said.
“Why is @AOC crying? Because Jewish and Christian women and children won’t shake in terror as unguided rockets rain down on their homes and schools,” Josh Mandel, an Ohio GOP Senate candidate, said.
“Why is AOC crying because fewer rockets will fall on Israeli citizens and cities? The Iron Dome doesn’t have offensive capabilities. It’s a defensive weapon used to stop rockets launched by terrorists from killing innocent people. Why does that make her sad? Will anyone ask?” Daily Caller editor David Hookstead questioned.
“The ONLY reason AOC changed her vote from “NO” to “PRESENT” on today’s #IronDome bill is because she wants to take on @SenSchumer next year. Those tears aren’t fooling us,” StopAntisemitism.org tweeted.
The passing of the bill came just days after some far-left lawmakers threatened to tank the short-term funding bill.
Democrat Reps. Andre Carson (Ind.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Marie Newman (Ill.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Chewy Garcia (Ill.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Cori Bush (Mo.) voted against the measure. GOP Thomas Massie (Ky.) also voted the bill down.
Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and AOC opted to vote present.