Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) received strong criticism from Republican former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee regarding her recent “Christmas” message, which he deemed un-American. Huckabee, who is also the father of current Arkansas Gov.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s divisive social media post, which contained leftist anti-Semitic propaganda. The congresswoman’s message, shared on Christmas Eve, faced significant backlash from various quarters.
AOC describes Israel as a ‘violent right wing occupying force’ in Christmas post. No mention of Hamas terror, the victims of Oct. 7 attack. pic.twitter.com/oajJnYLAOF
— Jacob N. Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 24, 2023
In the aforementioned message, Ocasio-Cortez endeavors to draw a parallel between the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
“In the story of Christmas, Christ was born in modern-day Palestine under the threat of a government engaged in a massacre of innocents.
“He was part of a targeted population being indiscriminately killed to protect an unjust leader’s power.
“Mary and Joseph, displaced by violence and forced to flee, became refugees in Egypt with a newborn waiting to one day return home.
“Thousands of years later, right-wing forces are violently occupying Bethlehem as similar stories unfold for today’s Palestinians, so much so that the Christian community in Bethlehem has canceled this year’s Christmas Eve celebrations out of both safety and respect.”
The congresswoman added:
“And yet, also today, holy children are still being born in a place of unspeakable violence — for every child born, of any identity and from any place, is sacred.
“Especially the children of Gaza.”
The primary objective of Ocasio-Cortez’s statement is to persuade Americans to back Palestinians in their conflict with Israel, which she refers to as a war.
Nevertheless, it is crucial to recall that the war commenced when Hamas initiated a violent terrorist assault on the Israeli population.
Huckabee, a Southern Baptist pastor by profession, is just one of many individuals who have highlighted the numerous shortcomings in Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison.
He expressed his views during an interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends First” on Tuesday.
During the discussion, the former governor of Arkansas posed the following question:
“Is she not aware that the whole term ‘Palestinian’ meant ‘Jewish people’ until 1962, when Yasser Arafat coopted the term and created a nation and made up a people and called them the Palestinians, who previously were Jordanian?”
Huckabee proceeded to highlight that, despite its previous status as a city predominantly inhabited by Christians, Bethlehem is currently under the governance of radicalized Muslims.
“The Christians were pretty much burned out and shut down by the radical Muslims who took it over back during the intifada,” Huckabee said.
He concluded by telling Ocasio-Cortez “to stick to something she knows like bartending, because for gosh sake, she has no clue about the history of the Middle East, Jesus, the Jewish people, the state of Israel or virtually anything else she talked about in her post.”