Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by the Forward

Ocasio-Cortez doubles down on Biden keeping Emanuel out for ‘covering up a murder’

Image by Getty Images

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doubling down on her insistence that former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel not be chosen to serve in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration after reports he was under consideration to be secretary of transportation.

Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, “What is so hard to understand about this? Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. Covering up a murder is disqualifying for public leadership. This is not about the ‘visibility’ of a post. It is shameful and concerning that he is even being considered.”

Two weeks ago Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times in an interview, “Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick.” Ocasio-Cortez, seen as a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, added that “it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.”

Ocasio-Cortez later explained her opposition to Emanuel, writing on Twitter that his fight with activists in Chicago over the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a Black teen killed in 2014, disqualified the former mayor and chief of staff for former President Barack Obama.

“We must govern with integrity and accountability. Laquan McDonald’s life mattered,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez’s most recent call was echoed by incoming freshmen Democrats Mondaire Jones and Jamaal Bowman – who will also represent the New York City area.


AOC doubles down on Biden keeping Emanuel out

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Ocasio-Cortez doubles down on Biden keeping Emanuel out for ‘covering up a murder’

Thank you!

This article has been sent!