Ocasio-Cortez just wants to be in the headlines.
On Thursday, there was a disagreement between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams concerning the passing of a homeless individual on the subway system.
According to Fox, Jordan Neely’s demise on the New York City subway system during a mental breakdown where he was shouting and threatening fellow passengers has caused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to express her distress on Wednesday night. Neely was restrained by other passengers during the incident.
A 24-year-old Marine veteran allegedly held Jordan Neely in a chokehold for approximately 15 minutes, while two additional passengers subdued Neely by pinning down his shoulders and arms during his mental breakdown on the New York City subway.
During the incident on the New York City subway, Jordan Neely lost consciousness. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) arrived to revive him, but he was subsequently taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
The New York Police Department took the Marine veteran into custody, but he was later released without any charges. The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has stated that they will review the Medical Examiner’s report, as well as any available video or photo footage, and identify and interview witnesses. They also intend to obtain medical records related to the incident.
This promoted Ocasio-Cortez to jump into action and defend Neely and said, “Jordan Neely was murdered. But [because] Jordan was houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself while many in power demonize the poor, the murderer gets protected [with] passive headlines [and] no charges. It’s disgusting.”
Mayor Adams on the other hand out out a more neutral message saying, “Any loss of life is tragic. There’s a lot we don’t know about what happened here, so I’m going to refrain from commenting further. However, we do know there were serious mental health issues in play here which is why our administration has made record investment in providing care to those who ended it and getting people off the streets and subways, and out of dangerous situations.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez then lost it and criticized Mayor Eric Adams’ response, which she shared, calling it a “new low” because he refused to refer to Jordan Neely’s death as a murder.
AOC wrote, “This honestly feels like a new low: not being able to clearly condemn a public murder because the victim was of a social status some would deem ‘too low’ to care about. The last sentence is especially rich from an admin trying to cut the very services that could have helped him.”
Following AOC’s attack on Adams, the NYC Mayor fired back at her and said, “I don’t think that’s very responsible at a time when we’re still investigating the situation. Let’s let the DA conduct his investigation with the law enforcement officials, to really interfere with that is not the right thing to do. And I’m going to be responsible and allow them to do their job and allow them to determine what exactly happened here.”
It’s sad to see Ocasio-Cortez, who is a prominent Democrat in Congress, so quickly jump to conclusions without knowing all of the details. Sadly, jumping to conclusions is becoming a popular trend among Democrats and this rhetoric is becoming very dangerous in America nowadays.