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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses ‘cooking Q&A’ to blame Republicans for economic shutdowns

“Squad” member and Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) once again took to social media on Friday night for a “Cooking Q&A” to answer questions and update her followers on what is happening with COVID-19 relief. She has produced these types of videos since entering office in 2018 as a way to ‘connect’ with the American people.

AOC utilizes these sessions with her fans to make political points while venting to her millennial base in a method that is new to politics. Both parties have been critical of her methods but they seem to solidify her base and extend her reach.

The New York Democrat used her latest public cooking endeavor to slam Republicans who do not want to see communities re-shutdown as the pandemic spikes in regions across the country. And she did it while zesting a lemon.

“Here’s what’s ironic to me, all these Republicans, all these people who were anti-shut down, were the same people who weren’t wearing masks, who forced us to shut down in the first place,” she said Friday night. “Shutdowns are not an inevitability, it’s not something that we want to do. It’s not something that anybody wants to do.”

AOC’s talking points hit home with most Americans, especially given the holiday season. While ranting against big corporations, she chastized Republicans frustrated with the new lockdowns popping up in areas such as southern California and told her viewers “you better have been wearing a mask all damn year” if you’re going to complain about it.

“Nobody wants a shutdown, but the same people who are now anti-shutdown…were the same people who weren’t wearing masks — who forced caseloads to be so high that we had to shut down areas to begin with,” she said while holding a lemon she had zested. “So if you’re anti-shutdown, you better have been wearing a mask all damn year, because don’t come to me and say you’re anti-shutdown when you’re spreading COVID all over the place, potentially.”

She made it clear she wasn’t just referring to the public, but rather elected officials who have been vocal in their opposition to shutdowns.

Congress has yet to pass a second coronavirus relief package, largely due to a fundamental disagreement over how much should be included in the package. The current package stands at $908 billion but notably leaves out relief checks to Americans at a time when they are suffering from the lockdowns nationwide.

The Senate passed a $740 billion defense spending bill on Friday, avoiding a government shutdown. They also passed a stopgap measure that allowed them to buy one-week worth of time to find a solution on COVID-19 relief as the holidays draw in on Americans struggling around the country.

Politics makes for strange bedfellows as AOC, Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) are lobbying to get Congress to approve the second round of relief checks to Americans before the Congressional Christmas break.

“As elected officials, our job is to be first in modeling responsible behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez also said Friday night. “Because I can’t ask you to wear a mask if I’m not wearing a mask. I can’t ask you to take a vaccine if I’m not willing to take a vaccine.”

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