(FeaturedNews.com) – On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., implied that the Republicans’ push to end voting rights for non-citizens in Washington, D.C., is caused by underlying racism.
House lawmakers are currently considering a resolution that would stop the D.C. Council law from allowing non-citizens and illegal immigrants from voting in the city. However, the Democrats have opposed this move noting that there are many cities with similar laws and that the Republicans are not targeting any of those. They continued by noting this was an attempt by the Republicans to micromanage the city. Ocasio-Cortez also said that the move appeared to be targeting minorities.
Ocasio-Cortez further defended the right to vote and claimed that this was just an attempt by the Republicans to “meddle” with the city affairs by blocking people from voting in the “overwhelmingly Black city.” She added that the reason the Republicans were singling out Washington, D.C., even though in reality there were plenty of cities with similar laws was that they wanted to expand “the history of disenfranchisement” which dates “back to the legacy of slavery.”
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has slammed Republicans lately. Last week, lawmakers passed a resolution that led to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., being removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
She argued that the Republican party only has two things they are consistent with “racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body.”
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