Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entered the growing dispute over the treatment of women and people of color nominated for leadership positions in the Biden administration, as the confirmation process in the US Senate begins to deteriorate.
The left-wing Democratic MP weighed in on the debate as progressive circles increasingly feared that Joe Biden’s minority candidates would come under particularly harsh scrutiny.
Several women of color face huge obstacles to confirmation, with Republicans retaining their support and the Democratic majority in the Senate threatened by opposition from conservative Democrat Joe Manchin.
The West Virginia senator announced on Friday that oppose the application of Neera Tanden to become the first Asian-American woman to serve as budget director. Monday also indicated that he had doubts about Deb Haaland, who would become the first indigenous woman to hold a cabinet post.
With the Senate also divided into 50-50 seats, Manchin’s negative vote can only be reversed if moderate Republicans willing to back the candidates can be found. However, so far, finding that cross-sectional support has been difficult, with Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio all voicing likely opposition to Tanden.
in a peep On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez shone the spotlight on Manchin’s own record. He noted that the Democratic senator had voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as Donald Trump’s first attorney general despite the former senator from Alabama being harassed with racism accusations throughout his career.
“Jeff Sessions was so blatantly racist that even Reagan couldn’t name him,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that as attorney general, Sessions went on to preside over the brutal family separation policy on the US-Mexico border.
“However, the first indigenous woman to be cabinet secretary is the one where Manchin feels uncomfortable.” She published.
The apparent target of Biden’s nominees for color started to generate growing frustration and anger. Judy Chu, a Democratic MP who heads the US Congressional Caucus for Asia-Pacific, said Politics that “double standards are being applied” in the treatment of Tanden, whose prospects of leading the Office of Management and Budget are now dwindling.
NAACP Chairman Derrick Johnson told Politico that the outcome of the confirmation votes would make it clear “whether or not these people who are women or people of color are given a different level of scrutiny. I hope that we correct the situation quickly and that we do not allow this to be a legacy of the Senate. “
The feeling of unequal treatment was accentuated by the high concentration of Manchin and others on Tanden’s Twitter feed. In her current role as president of the left-wing Center for American Progress, she used to post sharp and direct tweets without cutting her tongue, of which more than 1,000 she has since deleted.
Tanden in particular qualified Collins, one of the Republican senators who refused to come to his rescue, of “worse”.
However, Manchin contented himself with confirming some of Trump’s nominees with highly controversial social media stories, while Trump himself has made numerous racist and sexist tweets and is now permanently suspended from Twitter.
“We may disagree with his tweets, but in the past Trump nominees who confirmed and supported had much more serious issues and conflicts than anything posted on Twitter,” the Democratic MP said. Grace Meng at Politico.