In a tweetstorm on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) slammed the all-white bipartisan Senate infrastructure group’s lack of diversity after President Joe Biden announced his support for the group’s nearly $1 trillion proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez lamented on Twitter, “The diversity of this ‘bipartisan coalition’ pretty perfectly conveys which communities get centered and which get left behind when leaders prioritize bipartisan dealmaking over inclusive lawmaking (which prioritizes delivering the most impact possible for the most people). This is why a bipartisan pkg alone isn’t acceptable. The exclusion & denial of our communities is what DC bipartisan deals require. That’s how you get GOP on board : don’t do much/any for the working class & low income,or women, or poc communities, or unions,etc. We must do more.
“That’s why folks can sometimes come across as careless when saying ‘well isn’t something better than nothing?’ For many communities, their not having a seat at the table is a precondition for bipartisan deals to work in the 1st place. & that’s not only seen as normal, but valued. Meanwhile, when representatives of excluded communities object to the exclusion & marginalization required to make many bipartisan deals work, they’re dismissed as ‘unreasonable.’ So who/what often benefits from this type of bipartisan dealmaking? Corporations & structural racism.”
For clarification: there’s no structural racism in America today, and language like “excluded communities” and “marginalization” is just social justice rhetoric divorced from reality — like AOC herself.