It seems there’s not a day without a new headline about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the newcomer to Congress from New York who’s declared, “I’m the boss.”
She’s also wondered if it’s OK “to still have children” in light of “the world is ending in 12 years.”
She’s also taking heat for alleged campaign violations involving “dark money” while promoting a “green” plan redistributing trillions of dollars of other people’s money to fund, among other things, people “unwilling” to work.
On Tuesday, she tried to stick mud on Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.
She ended up befuddled and embarrassed, reported the Daily Wire.
See the exchange:
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asks Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan: “Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?”
Sloan: “I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t.” pic.twitter.com/0ecaOAvvu8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 12, 2019
The hearing, called by “Impeach 45” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., showed its bias from the beginning.
It was called “Holding megabanks accountable: An examination of Wells Fargo’s Pattern of Consumer Abuse.”
The report said Cortez used her time to “push her political agenda against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and against the fossil fuel industry.”
“Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?” she charged.
Sloan: “I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t.”
Actually, the “caging” of children was done by the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration, which had warned it would be enforcing U.S. immigration law. When adults break U.S. law and they are detained, their children are put in the custody of social services-type agencies.
Cortez also charged that Wells Fargo should be responsible for damages from climate change due to the financing of fossil fuels projects.
Sloan: “I don’t know how’d you calculate that.”
But those leaks from pipelines, she said.
“I’m not aware of the leaks associated with the Dakota Access pipeline that you’re describing,” he said.
Well, she said, hypothetically?
“We don’t operate the pipeline, we provide financing to the company that’s operating the pipeline.”
More of the exchange:
AOC: “Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?”
SLOAN: “I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t.” pic.twitter.com/VJJOcFSn7v
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 12, 2019
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh explained the seemingly off-beat questions.
“You’re listening to a glittering jewel of colossal ignorance. (impression) ‘Why was your bank involved, like, in the — in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?’ And this guy says, ‘What! Wells Fargo caging children? What — what are you talking about? Uh, I don’t know how to answer the question.’ Where does this even come from?
“This comes from the Drive-By Media! It was Obama who was caging children, by the way. This babe Cortez needs to go talk to Ilhan Omar. But, you know, this is all about this fake news that we were separating children from their parents and families at the border because Trump hates them and blah, blah. She just soaks it up and believes it and doesn’t even question it.”
Limbaugh went on: “Because some outfit uses Wells Fargo as their bank, little AOC here believes that Wells Fargo’s responsible for whatever the company does! So the CEO denies that they were ‘caging children.’ I don’t even think she wrote they these questions. I think somebody wrote the questions for her. She’s stuttering her way through them. There aren’t any follow-ups here because she doesn’t even know enough to follow up.
“This is part of an ongoing campaign by the left to eventually pressure banks not to lend money to people the left doesn’t like, such as anybody that has anything to do with selling or manufacturing guns. They have already commenced this kind of program, and her question basically was laying down a marker. Now, she sounds idiotic and stupid asking it, but the marker is still set down. This was an effort to shame this CEO. This guy is not gonna want any more questions about what the hell does his bank have to do with caging children. So I have no doubt here that what the left is after is to make sure that Wells Fargo and a bunch of other financial institutions eventually have nothing to do with businesses and entities the left considers to be their enemy, like guns or anything to do with them.”