Ocasio-Cortez mocks the pathetic quality of witnesses called by Republicans

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Screen capture by Hey Kentucky! via YouTube video

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has served on the House Oversight Committee for months now and has not missed a single hearing. During that time, she’s observed House Republicans call some truly pathetic witnesses to testify on their behalf.

On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta testified before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing and displayed his total ignorance about women’s health when grilled about his effort to deprive women of access to contraceptive care.

Acosta introduced new rules giving employers the ability to opt-out of contraceptive coverage. Those rules have been blocked by the courts because many women rely on contraceptives, not just to prevent pregnancy, but to treat other serious medical conditions.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to comment on Acosta’s “mediocrity” as a witness.

On Thursday, she doubled down by noting that Republicans often call absolutely pathetic witnesses to testify on their behalf. One such witness had the gall to insist that fossil fuels are “healthy” for humans.

She then mocked Republicans.

And this kind of thing is happening in all committees. Recently, Republicans enlisted conservative pundit Candace Owens to testify during a hearing on white nationalism only to find herself humiliated by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) when he exposed her past praise of Hitler.

Meanwhile, Democrats brought in a literal expert on white nationalism to testify during the hearing.

In fact, Democrats usually do bring in actual experts who provide fact-based analysis to committees while Republicans bring in witnesses who are willing to embarrass themselves by sticking to a false narrative that is fact-free.

When Republicans bring in bad witnesses it only weakens their position and strengthens Democratic credibility on a myriad of issues from climate change to women’s rights to drug prices and healthcare.

And all of this is on tape for all Americans to witness for themselves. Ocasio-Cortez highlighting it just gives us more reasons to play close attention to these hearings.

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