Democrats are grasping in the dark for reasons to still support former Vice President Joe Biden for president. And yet Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may have just grabbed on to the most farfetched one yet. Asked to explain her support for Biden in the 2020 election, Cortez explained that the stakes are just too high right now because of the current administration's policies.
“I think right now just the stakes are too high when it comes to another four years of Trump," Cortez explained to Whoopi Goldberg on "The View," later adding, "for a lot of communities this is an issue of life and death. We’ve had kids in cages, we've had a pandemic response that happened way too late that has cost us lives."
As we've noted exclusively here at Townhall back in 2014, the whole "kids in cages" travesty began during the Obama administration.
As Katie reported at the time, "Border Patrol resources in Texas are so overwhelmed, hundreds of children have been relocated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Border Patrol Station in Nogales, Arizona for processing."
According to sources on the ground in Nogales, who have asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing their jobs, 1000 OTM (other than Mexican) unaccompanied juveniles from Central America are already being sheltered in a warehouse and Border Patrol agents are expecting 2000 children by the end of next week. Estimates show overall 60,000 unaccompanied juveniles will illegally cross into the United States this year.
"It's just chain-link cells so we have aliens sleeping all over the floor and they told us to probably expect another thousand over the next week, week and a half," another Border Patrol agent tells Townhall. "We have these huge chain link cages, 20-feet tall with razor wire around them, this is inside a warehouse. They are probably 50 by 100 [feet] and there's probably 10 or 11 of these big cages like that and so there's probably 100-200 aliens in each cell, or cage and there's just park benches right down the middle, two rows of park benches and then they give them these little rubber mats, a little foam pad to lay on. We don't have enough blankets so they're issuing out those foil blankets, it's like a piece of tin foil and that's all they get. There are so many people crammed. The smell is just horrendous, horrendous."
"Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, OK?" even former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted.
REMINDER for everyone watching Pete Buttigieg’s CNN townhall:— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 7, 2020
Jeh Johnson: "Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, OK?"pic.twitter.com/S3zwzv9l3J
PolitiFact called Biden's bluff when he tried to distance himself from the cage controversy last year on the debate stage.
"We didn't lock people up in cages," he said. "We didn't separate families. We didn't do all of those things, number one."
"False," PolitiFact responded.
Of course, per usual, the controversy only made front page news when Trump was in office. And some infamous photos of children in cages have been erroneously linked to his administration.
If I was AOC, I'd start reaching for other reasons to support the presumptive Democratic nominee. Or do some serious introspection.
By the way, if you listen to Cortez while she's campaigning for Biden and notice a lack of enthusiasm, that's because the establishment candidate was probably her last choice. As we know, she preferred candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and his socialist agenda. But he duly dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden, just as he did for Hillary Clinton in 2016. And we know how that worked out.