AOC creates awkward moment when she ‘dramatically’ insists on being sworn in against protocol

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grabbed another opportunity for political theater at a House hearing on the border crisis.

Ahead of her testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday, the New York Democrat created an awkward moment with an odd request.

(Video: Twitter)

“I would like to be sworn in,” the freshman lawmaker stated, and repeated, as she prepared to testify.

“We usually don’t require a swearing in, but you want to be sworn in?” Chairman Elijah Cummings asked, and then went ahead with the process when Ocasio-Cortez affirmed.

She took to Twitter later to explain her reasons for going against House protocol and asking to be sworn in was because Republicans had been “stating that I am lying about the translated accounts of migrants at the border.”

“Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is more interested in scoring political points than actually solving the crisis at the southern border,” a Republican source told the Washington Examiner.

“Time and time again, she chooses photo-ops over actually legislating. Just look at today’s hearing. She asked to be sworn in prior to testifying before the Oversight Committee — something that never happens for members of Congress,” the source close to the committee added. “But that doesn’t matter to her. She just needed something to tweet. It just shows that Democrats are obsessed with political theater and attacking the president, rather than solving real problems facing the American people.”

Ocasio-Cortez delivered her impassioned remarks to the panel, reiterating her previous comments about what she claimed were horrible conditions at border detention facilities the alleged mistreatment of migrants by border agents.

“What’s worse, Mr. Chairman, was the fact that there were American flags hanging all over these facilities,” she said. “That children were being separated from their parents in front of the American flag, that women were being called these names under an American flag, we cannot allow for this.”

Twitter users blasted the freshman congresswoman for the spectacle she created and the excuse she gave.


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