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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tears into Trump in First Floor Speech: Eroding ‘American Democracy’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered her first speech on the House floor last night, in which she accused President Donald Trump of eroding “American democracy” by shutting down the government over wall funding.

The freshman lawmaker and rising star began the address by telling a personal story about one of her constituents, who is a Yemeni immigrant and a federal employee at the JFK Airport in New York. Due to the shutdown, Ocasio-Cortez’s constituent — along with 800,000 other government employees — missed their last paycheck.

“The truth about this shutdown: It is actually not about a wall, it is not about the border, and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans,” the Democratic socialist lawmaker said. “This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms.”

She continued:

”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want, it is not normal for public servants to run away from the people we serve. And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to stress that Trump “has a responsibility to my constituent” and all Americans, whether they voted for him or not.

“President Trump has a responsibility to all air traffic controllers, FDA inspectors, TSA workers,” she added. “He has a responsibility to maintain the basic functioning of the United States government.”

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