Political Editors / July 18, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez Displays Her Ignorance on Israel

Her commitment to leftist activism has clearly not educated her on the realities of geopolitics.

The shine has begun to wear off the Democrats’ latest starlet. With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory over Joseph Crowley, the 10-term New York Representative and head of the House Democratic Caucus, party leadership quickly heralded it as a sign of the party’s strength. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez excitedly surmised that Ocasia-Cortez “represents the future of our party,” gushing, “Alexandria’s victory was just a remarkable reminder of the depth that we have in the Democratic Party.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s response was more muted: “They made a choice in one district. So let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that within the caucus or outside the caucus.” Evidently, Pelosi saw that this shocking victory would be more problematic than beneficial to Democrats broadly speaking. Aside from the fact that Ocasia-Cortez is an avid socialist, she’s also a young social justice warrior who clearly thinks she knows more than she understands. And it didn’t take long for her to expose this fact.

Ocasio-Cortez sat for an interview last Friday with Margaret Hoover on PBS’s “Firing Line,” in which she was asked to explain her position on Israel after having called Israel’s killing of 60 terrorist “protesters” in May a “massacre.” As she stumbled through trying to answer Hoover’s question, Ocasio-Cortez referenced the “occupation of Palestine” in relation to housing settlements. This comment clearly surprised Hoover, who sought clarity from Ocasio-Cortez on what she meant. After hemming and hawing for a bit longer, utterly exposing her ignorance of the issue, Ocasio-Cortez eventually admitted, “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue.”

You don’t say.

Nevertheless, she said, “I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these [sides].”

Erin Dunne of the Washington Examiner sarcastically notes, “This exchange does not inspire confidence in Ocasio-Cortez or the young progressives she claims to represent. Even with her degree in international relations, the lack of knowledge beyond buzzwords should not be surprising.”

Not only has Ocasio-Cortez expressed her ignorance of geopolitics, she appears ignorant of the election laws within her own state as well. Last week, she accused her defeated primary opponent Crowley of seeking a third-party bid, an accusation he quickly put down by explaining New York’s election laws. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) blasted her for the accusation stating, “She’s carrying on and she ain’t gonna make friends that way. Joe conceded, wished her well, said he would support her … so she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.”

That seems to be a categorical statement with her.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.