Democrats thought they had the perfect plan.
They would box in Donald Trump and the Republicans in the government shutdown fight.
That all went out the window when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made one insane decision that just dug the Democrats’ political grave.
Democrats thought they could trap Republicans by passing a government funding bill with five billion dollars in border security funding.
The bill included no new wall money but Nancy Pelosi figured that since Democrats increased the amount of money they offered it would embarrass Trump when he rejected it.
But that wasn’t the big story out of the vote.
Instead it was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being the only Democrat to vote “no” on the bill because it included funding for ICE.
The Daily Caller reports:
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted against a short-term bill to reopen the government on Wednesday. She explained via Instagram stories that she opposed the bill because it contained because it contained Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funding.
“Most of our votes are pretty straightforward, but today was a tough/nuanced call,” she wrote as the caption on the Instagram story video. “We didn’t vote with the party because one of the spending bills included ICE funding, and our community felt strongly about not funding that.”
Ocasio-Cortez has previously spoken out about her opposition to ICE. “A child died in ICE custody. The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights. The president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all because right now what we are seeing is death,” she said after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died while in Border Patrol custody.
Instead of the Democrats coming out of the vote crowing about how they were the “adults in the room, ”the big news was that their biggest start explicitly said open borders is the only policy outcome the left will tolerate in any border security negotiations.
This is not the political ground the Democrats want to occupy heading into the 2020 elections.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.