GOP rep predictably withdraws invite to have Ocasio-Cortez meet with coal miners as Kentucky Republicans worry the plan might backfire
Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky recently invited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to meet with coal miners in his state in the hope of showing her that a Green New Deal would harm them financially. But the 29-year-old congresswoman accepted his invitation, stressing that green energy is about job creation—not putting Americans out of work. And Barr, GQ is reporting, has withdrawn his invitation.
According to GQ’s Luke Darby, Barr is demanding that Ocasio-Cortez apologize to Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas over something that is unrelated to coal miners and the Green New Deal: Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. After Crenshaw attacked Omar and claimed that she said the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks weren’t terrorism—which Omar never said—Ocasio-Cortez rose to Omar’s defense and called Crenshaw out on Twitter for having “the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan” with “completely out-of-context” quotes. AOC pointed out to Crenshaw that “in 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost all domestic terrorist killings.”
Barr is maintaining that unless Ocasio-Cortez apologizes to Crenshaw, his invitation to speak to Kentucky coal miners is off. But according to Darby’s report in GQ, Republicans could be using the Omar controversy as a smokescreen — and Kentucky Republicans are worried that AOC could make some convincing arguments if she comes face to face with coal miners.
Rep. James Comer of Kentucky recently warned that he didn’t “see any upside” to bringing Ocasio-Cortez to his state and that “a lot of Republicans are making a mistake picking on her. I think we need to be very prepared when we debate her on issues that we’re having a hard time with.”
On April 16, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Comer’s assertion on Twitter and saw it as evidence that Republicans are “getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize I’m fighting harder for their health care than their own reps.”