With the eyes of the nation once again on the Middle East due to the conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, the attention-grabbing nature of New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has once again been brought into the spotlight.
Hamas' brutal attack on Israeli civilians has caused a counterattack from the nation that is a long-time ally of the United States. Due to that allyship, the United States has used some of its international funding to support Israeli defense, something that progressives like Ocasio-Cortez have vocally disdained, as Fox News reported.
In headlines once again is the infamous New York Democrat shedding what some called "crocodile tears" on the house floor over funding approved by Congress for Israel's Iron Dome protection system.
AOC Cries on the House Floor as Congress Passes $1 Billion in Funding for Israel’s Iron Dome pic.twitter.com/30HANNsSzZ
— 🇺🇸 ERIC BOLLING 🇺🇸 (@ericbolling) October 13, 2023
Ocasio-Cortez cast a vote against the money transfer, which was ultimately approved in September of 2021; however, she raised eyebrows when she changed her vote to "present" at the very last minute.
It was reported that Ocasio-Cortez grew emotional on the floor of the House after the bill was enacted with a majority vote of 420 to 9. Her fellow Representatives were observed comforting her during this time.
The lawmaker's flair for the theatrical, however, was not well received by commentators who posted their thoughts online.
"AOC seems distraught. She is in the middle of the house floor wiping away tears, crying into her colleague's shoulders," journalist Jake Sherman wrote on Twitter.
"Theatre and bad theatre at that," Meghan McCain responded.
Theatre and bad theatre at that. https://t.co/OptpGeg8DD
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 23, 2021
Possible Reason for Her Actions
Social media users have hypothesized that the politician, who has her sights set on the Senate, wanted "to vote No but was talked out of it for some strategic reason."
"If not voting ‘no’ is that upsetting, then vote ‘no.’ Otherwise these are crocodile tears," The Intercept's Eoin Higgins reacted.
"She most likely changed her vote because there is a good chance her new district (due to redistricting) will include Riverdale which has a large pro-Israel/Jewish population," another user speculated.
"But are the Jews really going to say 'well, she didn't vote no. She voted 'present' and cried about it which is totally different," New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz questioned.
AOC literally in tears after voting “present” on the Iron Dome funding.
More jew hating theatrics from the squad
— Emily Schrader - אמילי שריידר امیلی شریدر (@emilykschrader) September 23, 2021