AOC defends use of name ‘Genocide Joe' to describe Biden
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) spoke about the label "Genocide Joe," which has been used by progressives to describe President Joe Biden, expressing that young people in the United States are deeply dismayed by his support of Israel.
NBC host Kristen Welker inquired if Ocasio-Cortez concurred with the characterization of the president's actions as supporting genocide or if she believed such a description was excessive, as Fox News reported.
Ocasio-Cortez responded, "I think what we are seeing right now throughout the country is that young people are appalled at the violence and the indiscriminate loss of life. We are not just seeing 25,000 people that have died in Gaza."
"We are seeing the starvation of — of millions of people, the displacement of over 2 million Gazans," she added.
ICJ Ruling & Genocide
The congresswoman referenced a recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision regarding the situation in Gaza.
She said, "The ICJ ruled this week that Israel has a grave responsibility to prevent genocide."
Welker mentioned that the court was still in the process of assessing whether Israel's actions should be classified as emblematic of genocide.
Ocasio-Cortez stated, "I believe they are still determining it, but in the interim ruling, the fact that they said there's a responsibility to prevent it. The fact that this word is even in play.
She continued, "The fact that this word is even in our discourse, I think demonstrates the mass inhumanity that Gazans are facing, and so, whether you are an individual that believes this is a genocide, which by the way, in our polling we are seeing large amounts of Americans concerned specifically with that word, so I don't think that it is something to completely toss someone out of our public discourse for using."
The Strength of Biden as a Candidate
When asked about Biden's strength as a candidate, especially against former President Donald Trump, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged Biden's notable performance in the New Hampshire primaries.
She compared his turnout to that enjoyed by former President Barack Obama in 2012, emphasizing Biden's appeal to voters.
The lawmaker further argued that among the Democratic candidates, including Marianne Williamson and Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), Biden remains the strongest contender.
Ocasio-Cortez's Role in Biden's Campaign
The interview also touched upon Ocasio-Cortez's involvement in the upcoming 2024 campaign.
She expressed her commitment to amplifying political perspectives in the U.S. and confirmed ongoing contact with the Biden administration. Her focus, she stated, is aligned with the interests and movements of the American people.
Biden Confronted at Rally
President Biden on Tuesday faced interruptions during a rally in Manassas, Virginia that was focused on abortion rights.
Protesters, voicing their concerns about the U.S. administration's handling of the situation in Gaza, disrupted the event.
One protester, carrying a Palestinian flag, loudly questioned the president about casualties but was drowned out by chants from the crowd and subsequently removed by security.