Never one to stay out of the news cycle very long, newly elected lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wished people a Merry Christmas on Twitter on Tuesday.
She then chose to refer to the newborn baby Jesus as a “refugee.”
“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
“Merry Christmas, everyone.”
“Here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people (including refugee babies in mangers + their parents),” she also wrote.
Joy to the World!
Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. 🌎(Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 25, 2018
“Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story,” as Fox News pointed out in its piece about the issue.
“According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Augustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.”
But in the Gospel of Matthew, “Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn ‘King of the Jews.’ The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.”
Yet as someone wrote on Twitter in reply to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about Baby Jesus, “You are constantly making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Please try and read a book once in a while. I seriously can’t believe you were actually elected to Congress.”
Another person wrote, “Couldn’t leave the politics out for just one day?”
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, dramatically unseated the veteran Democratic lawmaker Joe Crowley in a primary earlier this year — the results of which surprised even her.
She went on to handily win election in the November midterms as a representative for the 14th Congressional District in New York, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.
She’s continued to make a number of shocking public statements for the past six months or so.
In an Instagram video she posted not 10 days ago, the self-described Democratic socialist — who is not yet in Congress, of course — said she was taking week off for “self-care.”
She also noted that her recent political activity has altered her lifestyle.
“I am starting a week of self-care where I am taking the week off and taking care of me. I don’t know how to do that though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips,” she said in an Instagram video.
“For working people, immigrants, & the poor, self-care is political — not because we want it to be, but [because] of the inevitable shaming of someone doing a face mask while financially stressed,” she added on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent, but after age two was raised in Westchester County, New York, one of the most well-to-do and high-income areas of the country, as The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News has reported.
Ocasio-Cortez spent most of her life as a young person in Yorktown Heights.
She graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007.
In 2011 she graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations.
Her father passed away during her college years.
She has said her background was working class, and that she “relates many of her political positions to it,” as her Wikipedia page notes.
Her comments about Jesus and refugees on Christmas are not the first time her references to the Middle East have caused a stir.
“Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night,” she said back then.
In November, she also compared members of a Central American migrant caravan who were then approaching the U.S. border to Jewish families who fled Nazi Germany, victims of genocide in Rwanda, and refugees from Syria’s ongoing civil war.
Her comments drew an angry response from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The Republican senator suggested she should visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which “might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.”
Ocasio-Cortez replied on social media, “[T]he point of such a treasured museum is to bring its lessons to present day. [The Trump] administration has jailed children and violated human rights,” she added.
“Perhaps we should stop pretending that authoritarianism + violence is a historical event instead of a growing force.”
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