It was one of the moments during President Donald Trump’s magnificent, and very statesmanlike, State of the Union Address that really did invoke cheers. The chief executive called for an end to human sex trafficking, and the occupants of the House chamber stood to applaud, even the women of the Democrat Party who wore white in some sort of solidarity protest regarding abortion.
All of the people in the chamber stood, eventually. New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hesitated and then refused to applaud the president’s words and promise even as she stood with the rest of the chamber.
“Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control it’s very dangerous border,” Trump said. “In the last two years, our brave I.C.E. officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings or murders.”
“We are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes, special agent Elvin Hernandez,” Trump continued. “When Elvin was a boy, he and his family legally immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. At the age of eight, Elvin told his dad he wanted to become a special agent. Today, he leads investigations into the scores of international sex trafficking. Elvin says that if I can make sure these young girls get their justice, I have really done my job.”
“Thanks to his work and that of his incredible colleagues, more than 300 women and girls have been rescued from the horror of this terrible situation and more than 1,500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars,” Trump added.
Everyone stood up and applauded at that moment, except for Ocasio-Cortez, who took several moments to look around to see if she should stand. After seeing everyone else stand she begrudgingly stood, but refused to clap, even as most of her Democratic colleagues did so.
It was not a good look for her, refusing to fall in line with those who applauded the president’s words as human trafficking is a human rights issue. Hopefully, the people of the district she represents in New York will remember her actions during the next primary season.