Here she goes again! Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is once again making waves. However this time it isn’t on Capitol Hill but within her own Bronx district.
In a rare public appearance at a closed-door Bronx community meeting Wednesday night, she apparently went off the rails and angered two veterans who abruptly walked out of the private meeting.
The community meeting was the first time the absentee congresswoman decided to finally visit face to face with her constituents to iron out some pressing local issues that have been plaguing the neighborhood for quite awhile.
Problems with the US Postal Service, which regularly misses mail deliveries, and a local Amtrak property that is a magnet for graffiti vandals were all on the agenda to be discussed, affecting the working-class neighborhood that AOC represents on the eastern side of the Bronx covering Allerton, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens and Van Nest, including north-central Queens.
The meeting began with about a dozen invited community members in attendance, questioning the 29-year old freshmen about those local issues, when out of the blue a Muslim member began asking AOC about the conflict in Yemen, which ignited the controversy with AOC once again making ill-timed, misleading and of course anti-American remarks.
The progressive firebrand slammed the US policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has supported Yemen’s government in a brutal civil war, according to attendees. Some blamed her for not including the roles of other nations in explaining the volatile region’s violence.
Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War veteran and treasurer of Community Board 11, told the New York Post, “She knocks the country, she knocks the President. And that’s not what America is about.”
Another veteran, “Anthony Vitaliano, an Army veteran who worked in the NYPD for 38 years, and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives,” was sitting right next to the congresswoman and her chief of staff as she made her remarks.
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” Vitaliano told the paper. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
Mazzella, 74, who said he fought in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, after hearing AOC’s comments said, “Talking about America that really turned me off completely.”
However, the young socialist lawmaker didn’t stop at bashing only America, when somehow the topic turned to Israel AOC suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats, according to a person at the meeting.
According to a person who was at the meeting, however, doesn’t want his name being made public after hearing AOC slander both the President and the Prime Minister he was “revolted” by her comments.
Mazzella and Vitaliano said they walked out in disgust before the end of the session. “Did she care about the issues? She wrote them down,” said Vitaliano, 78.
The Army veteran continued, “she danced around the whole” question of Columbus Day, for which the neighborhood holds a parade every year, said Vitaliano, who supports creating a day for indigenous people but wants to preserve the treasured Italian-American tradition.
To be fair, there were some in attendance who support AOC. One attendee said, “There were a lot of people that really adored what she was saying.”
Moreover, spokesman Corbin Trent denied there was a walk-out during the conference, stating “it never happened!”
Adding, “The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” he said.
However, over the weekend the two vets appeared on Fox News and completely contradicted Trent’s version of events.
Mazzella lamented that AOC’s comments reminded him of the protests he faced when he first returned from war saying, “I didn’t feel good. ‘It reminds me when I came home from ‘Nam and we had the protesters here. You know that’s not the way to treat people.”
Not bad for AOC’s first community meeting, next time perhaps she might be instrumental for causing a riot among her Bronx constituents…perhaps they’re better off having her in Washington making trouble, than the Bronx