Ocasio-Cortez Celebrates Democratic Caucus: ‘60 Percent Queer, Women, People of Color, Immigrant’

CNS News | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday night ridiculed Republicans for arguing that the Equality Act would hurt women, contrasting the House GOP – with 13 female members – to the Democratic caucus, which she described as “60 percent queer, women, people of color, immigrant.”

“Like, how are you going to tell us what’s good for us?” she asked.

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Speaking during a Ramadan end-of-fast iftar on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of trying to foil progressive advances by “pitting communities against each other that have never – and have no business being pitted against one another.”

She used last Friday’s consideration in the House of the Equality Act (H.R.5) as an example. If enacted the legislation, which passed 236-173 in the House, would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or “gender identity.”

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Among many criticisms, opponents have warned that the measure would set back women’s rights, citing concerns such as an unfair disadvantage for women athletes competing against biological men who identify as females, or shelters for battered women being forced to accommodate biological men who identify as females.

Those making the arguments are not only conservatives and are not only men, but Ocasio-Cortez said that a male Republican had “the audacity” to raise the issue last week.

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“It was almost amusing, because here we had the Republican Party that is almost entirely male,” she said, noting there are 13 GOP...
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