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.
Here’s the guy who organized the union drive talking about how you left them high and dry. These are your constituents and you couldn’t be bothered to show up until they’re on the cusp of victory. https://t.co/5wIu3VbbGi
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) March 31, 2022
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:
So what exactly is the insinuation here? That we are secretly in the tank for Amazon? That we’re “sellouts” despite leading congressional investigations into Amazon, taking huge blowback to call out the scam HQ2 deal, meeting with workers in our district warehouses? It’s reaching
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 31, 2022
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.
No security concerns at the met gala 🤔
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) March 31, 2022
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:
She clearly accused all of us and I just don’t think it’s a fair assessment.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 1, 2022
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:
Krystal Ball showing her whole ass here.
I’ve never seen her this tough on conservatives. https://t.co/wk0QWWihnb
— The Emo Dragon 🎸🐉🖤 (@TheEmoDragon) April 1, 2022
Krystal Ball has cultivated quite an audience pic.twitter.com/ddDP5hMNsE
— KnowNothing (@KnowNothingTV) March 31, 2022
The one time Krystal Ball actually decides to take a position on something and she’s factually fuckin’ wrong.
Great journalism, Krystal. pic.twitter.com/Jy617BXjuy
— Ben Shapiro’s Biceps 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 (@conro) March 31, 2022
Damn AOC clapping back. Krystal Ball exists to funnel disaffected lefties to the right. pic.twitter.com/SwzOkn0Ch2
— DreamLeaf 🌻 (@DreamLeaf5) April 1, 2022
AOC: “their were high level threats on my life”
Krystal: “well you went to a fancy party so 💁🏼♀️”
This isn’t about organized labor, it’s about clout chasing and trying to kneecap one of the most progressive politicians in the country. Absolutely disgusting behavior. pic.twitter.com/RBKjl3uVA3
— Stephen Macvean (@stephen_macvean) March 31, 2022
Ball did a whole segment on Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking Points this week, which can be seen here:
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