It’s a wonder when a first-term Congresswoman shares a more directly relevant, personal message on the occasion of Memorial Day than the sitting president of the United States. That’s what happened this Monday morning when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter to mark the occasion while President Donald Trump continued to mark his morning by angrily tweeting things like accusations of treason against those who’ve dared scrutinize his team.
While that dumpster fire raged, Ocasio-Cortez shared:
‘Today, Memorial Day, we honor the lives of all those who gave their lives, both abroad and at home, in service to our country. It’s a hard day for many. Take time to be there for one another; to check in, share stories, reflect, or mark quietly with a moment of gratitude.’
All Trump offered at the same time that Ocasio-Cortez took time to personally remind followers to remember those who’ve served was a photo of himself at Arlington National Cemetery and a re-post of a video piece they’d made in honor of the occasion. Trump visited the cemetery before departing for Japan, where he is this Monday, having met the country’s new emperor as trade tensions between the United States and the Far East continue to rage. Although the most frequent target of Trump’s economic antagonism is China, which has been hit with steep tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods, there are also ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Japan.
Trump’s thoughts while overseas rested somewhere that could probably not be more antithetical to the “point” of Memorial Day, which honors those who’ve given their lives in support of American democracy. He tweeted a link to comments from third-ranking House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (Wy.), who suggested that federal agents who’ve investigated the Trump team might have committed treason. (There’s no reason to think they did so; the crime consists of someone who, as a U.S. citizen, “levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere.” It’s a war crime.)
Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump ‘could well be treason’ https://t.co/ViG9DSrsXY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2019
At a recent press conference, a reporter pointed out to Trump in light of his repeated accusations of treason that the crime carries a death penalty enshrined in the Constitution — and he refused to back down from his finger pointing all the same, freely jumping into a list of exactly who he was accusing of the crime without hesitation.
Check out Twitter’s response to Ocasio-Cortez countering this below. It’s a wonder when a simple message in honor of Memorial Day can contrast so strikingly with the sitting president.
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