Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s temper flared after a candidate she endorsed in Texas failed to immediately oust Rep. Henry Cuellar in a heated primary. In a string of rage-filled tweets, AOC blamed Democrat leaders when left-wing immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros failed to beat her opponent.
According to The Daily Caller:
Cuellar, a nine-term incumbent, is leading Cisneros by 177 votes in Texas’ 28th District as of Wednesday morning. Although Cuellar declared victory early Wednesday, Cisneros has not yet conceded, and ballots will be recounted. Top Democrats, most notably Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip James Clyburn, supported Cuellar’s campaign through robocalls and in-person events, while Ocasio-Cortez and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Cisneros.
“Accountability isn’t partisan. This was an utter failure of leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez complained of leadership’s support for Cuellar.
“Congress should not be an incumbent protection racket and sadly it is treated as such by far too many. The fact is those who fail their communities deserve to lose. They don’t need rescuing from powerful leaders who state they fight for gun safety, the right to choose, and more,” she continued.
Consistently rated one of the most conservative Democrat in the House of Representatives, Cuellar was the only member of his party to oppose a bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth and eliminate conscience protections for healthcare providers. He has spoken out against the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, and has an A rating from the National Rifle Association.
Cisneros has raised eyebrows in the past over comments supporting the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democrats have also voiced concerns that Cisneros’s far-left agenda would only make it easier for Republicans to will the House seat in the general election.