Krystal And Saagar: What On Earth Is Up With AOC Changing Her Vote To "Present" On Israel Military Aid, And Crying About It In Public? | Video | RealClearPolitics

Krystal And Saagar: What's Up With AOC Changing Her Vote To "Present" On Israel Military Aid, Crying About It In Public?


"Breaking Points" hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti try to make sense of why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen crying on the House floor after flipping her vote from 'no' to 'present' on re-arming Israel's missile defense system to the tune of $1 billion.

"Whatever you think about Israel and Palestine, Israel is a wealthy nation. If they want to fund their missile defense system, it is their right to. I don't see why American taxpayers are involved in this whatsoever," Krystal said. "Progressives, I thought righteously, were able to strip that out of [the continuing budget resolution] after they threatened to tank the whole thing if this was included."

Next, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer pushed for the funding to be a separate bill and put everyone on the record.

"Eight progressives, plus Republican Thomas Massie voted against funding Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. AOC originally voted against it, and at the last minute changed her vote to present," Krystal continued. "She walks out, she's very upset, she's wiping her eyes... Tearful, weeping on the floor of the House."

"Barbara Lee is consoling her, she is visibly upset, and we're all on Twitter, like: What the Hell is going on here?"

"AOC has said Israel is an apartheid state. If you really think Israel is an apartheid state, this vote is a no-brainer," Krystal Ball said. "She's crying on the House floor... and she claimed she broke out in tears because her safety is at risk... What the Hell does that even mean?"

"To those I have disappointed, I'm deeply sorry," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement about changing her vote. "Yes, I wept... at the complete lack of concern for the human beings who are impacted by this decision, I wept at an institution choosing a path of maximum volatility for its own political convenience."

"It's supposed to be about why she voted present, but it doesn't really ever explain that... There are a lot of words there, but she didn't say a whole lot," Krystal Ball quipped. "A tinder-box of vitriol."

"What? Welcome to Washington," said Saagar Enjeti. "I'm just gonna say it, I think she's got some problems... You ran for it, this is what it looks like... She has made her position on Israel very clear. So, if you believe that, vote accordingly. If you're going to use language like that, act like it. Or, be honest and say you're afraid of being redistricted and you don't want them to put more Jewish people in your district."

"I would have respected her more" if she said she just has to "play ball," Saagar said. "You can't have it both ways, why are you crying?"

"If that's your concern, you already called Israel an apartheid state. That ship has sailed," said Krystal Ball. "If you actually believe that, this should be a very easy vote. We know this is a very powerful interest group in Washington, and they are very effective at keeping both Republicans and Democrats in line. This recent fighting in Gaza is the first time we've seen major cracks in the coalition and it has the Israelis extraordinarily freaked out... Which is why they pushed so hard for Steny Hoyer to bring this to the floor and get everybody on the record."

"People didn't send you there to worry about redistricting and Pelosi putting pressure on you, they sent you there to be a moral voice when it is tough. and that's the job you said you wanted. There is really no defense here. I feel bad for her. It seems like she's struggling."

"You are beclowning yourself on the world stage, there is no other way to say it," said Saagar. "These tears, making it, once again, all about you... You already supported BDS, it's over... Either lean into it or recant. You can't have it both ways. It makes you look so phony."

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