The congresswoman discussed the GOP infighting on the ‘The Daily Show’ and how it affects the country
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined The Daily Show guest host Desus Nice on Monday to shed some light on the GOP infighting following their ouster of Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“Republicans kicked out their speaker, and now they can’t find a new guy to run their group project,” the New York congresswoman quipped. “And they’re all like fighting with each other about it.”
In terms of how it affects the U.S. on a wider scale, Ocasio-Cortez said, “We’ve got a clock ticking on a government shutdown,” adding, “That’s when we start seeing TSA and airports get affected. That’s when people could potentially miss their checks.”
While underscoring the impact of the speaker, she also noted: “We need to make sure that we don’t have people like Jim Jordan, or extremists, because whoever takes over the house could potentially put our democracy in danger when it comes to certifying or rec-ertifying, an election.”
Prior to the removal of McCarthy as speaker, Ocasio-Cortez said she would support Rep. Matt Gaetz’s efforts to remove McCarthy from his leadership position. “It’s not up to Democrats to save Republicans from themselves,” the congresswoman said when Jake Tapper asked if she would vote to keep McCarthy as speaker. “He clearly has lost control of his caucus, she continued. “He brought the United States and millions of Americans to the brink, waiting until the final hour to keep the government open and even then only issuing a 45-day extension, so we’re going to be right back in this place in November.”
When Nice asked Ocasio-Cortez on Monday evening who she would be voting for this time around, she replied, “I’ll be casting my vote for Hakeem Jeffries.”
Earlier this month, the Democratic Minority Leader said that “informal conversations” are taking place that could lead to a “bipartisan governing coalition” to elect a House speaker. “My Republican colleagues have a simple choice. They can either double or triple down on the chaos, dysfunction, and extremism,” he said. “Or, let’s have a real conversation about changing the rules of the House so it can work in the best interests of the American people.”