A bill for $5.7 billion in funding for President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall sailed through the still-Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday on was headed on its way to a showdown in the Senate.
According to ABC affiliate WBAY, the vote in favor of the wall funding fell largely along party lines.
Incoming socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounded off on Twitter, trying to use her aversion to the border wall to score some politico points. And she failed miserably.
“And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall,” she wrote. “$5.7 billion. What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs? But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.”
And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall.
What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay?
Or replacing water pipes?
Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies?
Or green jobs?
But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it. https://t.co/jXdm1w9bpy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018
Her Twitter followers quickly informed her of a few things:
The federal government pays for none of that. Do you have any idea how government works?
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) December 21, 2018
Here’s the thing… umm… defending our borders is actually… like… a function of Federal government. And the stuff you listed is… like… so not. https://t.co/2UCpymb3oe
— Maveríko (@TheMaverick21) December 21, 2018
Literally none of those things is the job of the federal govt. – from the get-go they have been charged with protecting our people and our BORDERS. That IS their main job.
Not paying teachers.
Not fixing pipes.
Not pretending to care about green energy.
Not paying for college. https://t.co/6bxxsjukJo
— Bunny The Christmas Foo (@PolitiBunny) December 21, 2018
Also point out where in the constitution those issues are the responsibility of the federal government?
— Daniel Johnson (@magoos_son) December 21, 2018
1. Teacher pay is a state and local level issue, not federal unless you teach for the @DoDEA
2. Again “pipes” is a local level issue not federal.
3. Ok, I’m for college tuition, but like you said…who’s going to pay for it?
4. How about just jobs?
Go take a civics class.
— QykPick (@qykpick) December 21, 2018
term limits for Congress now
— Deep Green Philly (@deepgreenphilly) December 21, 2018
Regarding her comment of “notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it,” one Twitter user harkened back to the numerous times Ocasio-Cortez has failed to explain how the government will find the $40 trillion needed to fund her proposed programs over the next decade — like during this CNN interview and this Univision interview.
Now you’re questioning how someone is going to pay for something?!? Lolololol. Oh the irony.
— Taylor Nystrom (@tnytro) December 21, 2018