- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims Republicans “didn’t want to fund hospitals” in response to the coronavirus pandemic and “over one 9/11’s worth” of people died as a result. 

The New York Democrat appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday evening and likened legislative delays for coronavirus relief to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks orchestrated by Osama bin Laden.

The now-deceased terrorist’s network killed 2,977 victims in New York, Pennsylvania and D.C.

Johns Hopkins University has reported nearly 2.6 million cases of the contagion worldwide; 45,000 patients have died in the U.S.

“While something may be better than nothing — [this bill] is happening in the context of Congress having gone on recess for a month,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “We are going to pass a small-potatoes bill, and then we are talking about recessing again until May 4. The last time we left, again, we lost over one 9/11’s worth of people due to this lack of action. And so we really need to acknowledge that this small bill — again, while something is better than nothing, and frankly, Democrats fought very, very hard to get basic things like testing. Republicans didn’t want to fund hospitals. They didn’t want to fund mass testing, which is what is going to allow us to reopen the economy.”

The Democrat’s commentary came less than 24 hours after she faced a torrent of online criticism for cheering the implosion of the oil industry as a result of the pandemic.

“You absolutely love to see it,” she wrote Monday in a now-deleted tweet. “This along with record low-interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet.”

Critics who questioned her judgment soon found a more carefully worded response.

“Now is the time to create millions of good jobs building out the infrastructure and clean energy necessary to save our planet for future generations,” she wrote. “For our economy, our planet, and our future, we need a #GreenNewDeal.”

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