"Squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., was accused on Thursday of shedding "crocodile tears" after she reportedly broke down crying on the House floor following a vote to give another $1 billion to Israel in order to restore its Iron Dome missile interception system.
Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive caucus had expressed opposition to the bill, forcing Democrats to pull the provision from a bill a day earlier in order to ensure its passage along party lines. On Thursday, the New York lawmaker voted against the funding, but raised eyebrows when she only later amended her vote to "Present" at the last minute. After the bill was passed by a 420-9 majority, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly became emotional on the floor and was seen being comforted by her colleagues.
Online critics, however, did not take well to the lawmaker's flair for the dramatics.
"AOC seems distraught. She is in the middle of the house floor wiping away tears, crying into her colleague's shoulders," journalist Jake Sherman wrote on Twitter.
"Theatre and bad theatre at that," Meghan McCain responded.
Online users speculated that the lawmaker wanted "to vote No but was talked out of it for some strategic reason" as she sets her eyes on the Senate.
"If not voting ‘no’ is that upsetting, then vote ‘no.’ Otherwise these are crocodile tears," The Intercepts'" Eoin Higgins reacted.
"She most likely changed her vote because there is a good chance her new district(due to redistricting) will include Riverdale which has a large pro-Israel/Jewish population," another user speculated.
"But are the Jews really going to say 'well, she didn't vote no. She voted 'present' and cried about it which is totally different," New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz questioned.
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