Krystal Ball gets in throwdown with AOC over Amazon union vote and it’s, ‘Katy, bar the door’

There was a time not too long ago that a journalist wouldn’t dare take on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her merry “squad” of radical left Democratic lawmakers, but it’s beginning to look like AOC and Co. may have worn out their welcome somewhat.

On Thursday, “Breaking Points” co-host Krystal Ball got into a Twitter battle with Ocasio-Cortez after the self-avowed socialist Democrat celebrated a vote in Staten Island by Amazon workers to unionize trending favorably.

*Update: On Friday, the final day of vote counting, warehouse workers successfully voted to form the first union in the tech company’s 27-year history. Amazon said in a statement, “We’re disappointed with the outcome of the election in Staten Island because we believe having a direct relationship with the company is best for our employees. We’re evaluating our options, including filing objections based on the inappropriate and undue influence by the NLRB that we and others (including the National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce) witnessed in this election.”

The former MSNBC host reminded Ocasio-Cortez about skipping a labor union rally that she had pledged to be at last summer while making it to the Met Gala a few weeks later. To be clear, Ball is a progressive who supports unionization.

“These are your constituents and you couldn’t be bothered to show up until they’re on the cusp of victory,” Ball tweeted, linking to a YouTube video of a union organizer criticizing AOC.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back, stating that the warehouse in question isn’t in her district.

“The warehouse isn’t in my district and maybe you should look at a map before claiming so. One scheduling conflict aside, we have requested oversight investigations into Amazon, met with Amazon workers in the Woodside warehouses, and more. Hope you do more due diligence next time,” she tweeted.

But Ball was not to be denied, pushing back against the notion that scheduling conflicts are common, which drew more fire from Ocasio-Cortez:

Progressive journalist Jordan Chariton responded to say Ocasio-Cortez’s team told workers “last minute” that they couldn’t come due to lack of security, not a scheduling conflict, which prompted Ball to mention the Met Gala ball that the Democrat attending wearing the infamous “Tax the Rich” dress.

Fellow squad member U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., took a break from steering millions into her husband’s political organization to come to the defense of her comrade, telling Ball in a tweet, “I was never asked to show up, please don’t speak to whether I would have shown up or not.”

She also added this:

AOC’s Twitter squad jumped into the fray doing what they do best, insulting those who stray from the reservation in an attempt to cancel them:

Ball did a whole segment on Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking Points this week, which can be seen here:

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