Angry Veterans Storm Out Out Of Meeting After Ocasio-Cortez Bashes America
Military veterans angrily stormed out of a community meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the New York Democratic socialist bashed America’s foreign policy and President Trump.
“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet and treasurer of Community Board 11 in the Bronx, told The New York Post.
Anthony Vitaliano — an Army veteran who worked in the NYPD for 38 years, and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives — was sitting between Ocasio-Cortez and a staffer for the freshman Dem.
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” the former CB11 chairman said. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
The former bartender had called the closed-door meeting to gather with about a dozen board members on Wednesday night in a rare visit to the Bronx section of her congressional district.
The new lawmaker bashed U.S. policy of providing armaments to Saudi Arabia. “Talking about America, that really turned me off completely,” said Mazzella, 74.
Meanwhile, Vitaliano, who was a commander for a homicide team, wasn’t worried about being seen walking out of the meeting. When Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesperson denied anyone left during the meeting except one “who had to go pick up their children,” Vitaliano fired back.
‘That’s bulls**t. Everybody that was there knows I walked out,’ he said.
When the topic of Israel came up, Ocasio-Cortez suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats, one person told The Post.
” ‘I was revolted,’ said the attendee, who didn’t want his name published.”
AOC, as she has known, has been galavanting about the nation, appearing on every late-night comedy show there is. She’s popped up at trendy events like South By Southwest, where liberals flock in to see her.
But some attendees of the Bronx meeting said she’s failing her district and her constituents.
“[B]oard members complained about problems 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,” The Post wrote.
“Did she care about the issues? She wrote them down,” said Vitaliano, 78. “The jury will be out on the local issues.”