Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in hot water over call with Jeremy Corbyn

Erika Holt
February 7, 2019

"We look forward to seeing the new members who come to our next meeting after the presidential insistence we will never live in a socialist country,"declaredDSA's Eugene, Oregon branch".

"I think he's scared,"saidOcasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist".

In an interview withMSNBC's Chris Matthews late Tuesday following Trump's address, Ocasio-Cortez argued Trump's swipe at socialism demonstrates that he's "losing on the issues".

During much of President Trump's State of the Union address, Ocasio-Cortez remained seated with a straight face.

Inviting guests to the State of the Union offers congressional lawmakers a chance to send a pointed message during the speech that takes place annually in the House chamber before a joint session of Congress.

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So perhaps it was no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally connected Sunday evening, in a 45-minute telephone call in which they found common cause. "And I'm not here to comfort anyone about that fact".

Elad Nehorai, a Brooklyn-based writer who explores Jewish themes, replied to Ocasio-Cortz, "I hope you'll take a look at the amount of Jews trying to call attention to Corbyn's long, documented history of antisemitism".

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said that Ocasio-Cortez "had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss". "In May 2017, CNN reported that the Center for Popular Democracy Action fund unveiled an "$80 million effort to coordinate the work of dozens of smaller progressive groups from around the country" as part of what the news network characterized as the anti-Trump "resistance" movement. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who attended the speech with a mother and daughter who had been separated at the border as his guests. The congresswoman tells Archila "we can wear them on Tuesday", the day of the President's address to Congress.

Corbyn and AOC discussed shared areas of interest and their common goal of working across borders to build a movement that promotes a fair tax system, makes the case for investment in public services, leads the way on tackling climate change effectively and puts an end to the "hostile environment" experienced by migrants in the United Kingdom and the US.

He later added, "There is an enormous lie at the heart of Trump's presentation to the public". "You have children in your family".

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