In a private meeting with a number of Bronx community leaders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took it upon herself to use this opportunity to better her community, instead to bash US foreign policy. Some attendees would not stand for this, however, as two military veterans took issue with her comments and stormed out of the room.
“She knocks the country; she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” said Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet and treasurer of Community Board 11.
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” said Anthony Vtaliano. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.” Anthony Vitaliano is an Army veteran who also worked in the NYPD for 38 years and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives. He was sitting between Ocasio-Cortez and a staffer for the freshman Democrat when he made the decision to no longer tolerate the garbage that she was spewing.
AOC held the closed-door meeting with about a dozen members of the board on Wednesday night, stepping out of her cozy upper-class life to make a rare visit to the Bronx part of her district.
One Middle Eastern board member raised the issue of the conflict in Yemen. The Democratic socialist heavily criticized the US policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has provided support to Yemen’s government in a brutal civil war, according to attendees. Some blamed her for conveniently not including the roles of other nations in explaining the volatile region’s violence.
“Talking about America, that really turned me off completely,” said Mazzella, 74, a veteran who said he fought in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. When Israel came up later in the meeting, Ocasio-Cortez suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats, according to another person at the meeting. “I was revolted,” said the attendee, who preferred to keep his name private. He, Mazzella and Vitaliano stated they all walked out in disgust before the end of the session.
Earlier in the meeting, board members complained about problems within the community which is what they thought they were there to solve. The spoke of issues with the US Postal Service, which regularly misses mail deliveries and a local Amtrak property that is a magnet for graffiti vandals. CB 11 is a working-class neighborhood on the eastern side of the Bronx covering Allerton, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens and Van Nest. In addition to parts of the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes north-central Queens. “Did she care about the issues? She wrote them down,” said Vitaliano, 78. “The jury will be out on the local issues.” It’s clear that AOC is more concerned with bad mouthing Trump and his policies than she is with helping the people who elected her by masking sure they have simple problems taken care of.
She “danced around the whole” question of Columbus Day, for which the neighborhood holds a parade every year, said Vitaliano, who supports creating a day for indigenous people but wants to preserve the treasured Italian American tradition. This is of course typical of Ocasio-Cortez who avoids any difficult questions that force her to break from her script of idiotic remarks.
AOC’s office is desperately attempting to cover up this disaster by denying that anyone stormed out of the meeting. “The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” said AOC spokesman Corbin Trent. When asked about Trent’s comment, Vitaliano said, “That’s bulls–t. Everybody that was there knows I walked out.”