Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a news conference introducing the 'People’s Housing Platform' on Capitol Hill on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on March 18, 2022 criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPC) for endorsing dozens of Republican U.S. lawmakers who attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

AOC Hits AIPAC for Supporting Republicans Who Voted to Overturn 2020 Election

"It's more OK to dismantle U.S. democracy than it is to question if U.S. tax dollars should fund detention and abuse of Palestinian kids," the New York Democrat sardonically said. "Got it."

Brett Wilkins

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others on Friday blasted the most powerful U.S. pro-Israel lobby for endorsing dozens of congressional Republicans who attempted to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election.

"AIPAC's support for these candidates endangers American democracy."

Among the 120 congressional candidates from both major political parties endorsed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are 37 Republicans who voted against certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory following a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol motivated by then-President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" that the election was stolen.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted that AIPAC is supporting "Republicans who voted to overturn the U.S. election on [January] 6 because, according to their statement, it's more OK to dismantle U.S. democracy than it is to question if U.S. tax dollars should fund detention and abuse of Palestinian kids."

The congresswoman also took her AIPAC-backed Democratic colleagues to task for "welcoming this kind of support."

AIPAC said Friday that its friends in Congress include "those who disagree strongly on issues surrounding the 2020 presidential election" but who share the group's mission of supporting Israel.

"Our job is to make America's friendship with Israel so robust, so certain, so broadly based, and so dependable that even the deep divisions of American politics never imperil that relationship and the ability of the Jewish state to defend itself," the group tweeted.

Prominent Israeli and international human rights groups call Israel an apartheid state perpetrating ethnic cleansing, illegal occupation, and other crimes against Palestinians.

Several U.S.-based Jewish organizations also weighed in on the issue. 

The Jewish Vote, a project of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, tweeted that "no progressive member of the New York delegation should embrace AIPAC and share an endorsement slate with insurrectionists, lending them political legitimacy," while calling on Reps. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) to disavow the lobby.

"AIPAC's support for these candidates endangers American democracy and undermines the true interests and values of millions of American Jews and pro-Israel Americans who they often claim to represent," Laura Birnbaum, national political director at the pro-Israel group J Street, said in a statement.

"We call on AIPAC to immediately end their support for these candidates—or explain what could possibly justify supporting those who effectively sided with the insurrectionists on January 6th," she added.

James J. Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, tweeted, "I can't believe that in their own words AIPAC is making the case that their loyalty to Israel trumps their loyalty to American democracy."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

US Gas Flaring Releases Five Times More Methane Than Previously Thought

"This study adds to the growing body of research that tells us that the oil and gas industry has a flaring problem," said Jon Goldstein of EDF, which conducted related research on the practice.

Jessica Corbett ·

Activists Call Fed Pilot Program to Assess Banks' Climate Risk a 'Welcome First Step'

"To truly safeguard financial stability," said one campaigner, "the Fed must further introduce policies that reflect the high risk of fossil fuel investments."

Brett Wilkins ·

'Gut Punch': Biden Pulls Student Debt Relief for Millions as GOP States Sue

"The Biden administration told several million people they'd see their debt reduced by $10-20K, and a month later quietly wrote 'just kidding' on a website," said one affected borrower.

Brett Wilkins ·

Controlled by Right-Wing Justices, US Supreme Court's Approval Hits All-Time Low

"This is what happens when SCOTUS nominees lie about settled law at their nomination hearings," said one observer.

Kenny Stancil ·

Acidification of Arctic Happening Up to 4 Times Faster Than Other Oceans

The research followed reports that the Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the Earth as a whole.

Julia Conley ·

Common Dreams Logo