Veterans have confirmed that they walked out of a meeting with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for comments she made that were insensitive.
According to The Daily Caller:
American veterans Silvio Mazzella and Anthony Vitaliano confirmed Sunday that they did, in fact, walk out of a meeting with Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Silvio Mazzella, 74, a Vietnam War veteran, and Army veteran Anthony Vitaliano, 78, appeared on “Fox & Friends” following claims from Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent that only one person left the meeting. “The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” Trent said.
“It was a prepared agenda for the — let’s put in this way, she is our congresswoman from January, we haven’t seen her in our area until May 28, Tuesday at 5:30. Everybody else in the United States has seen her except her own district,” Vitaliano said, noting that the intent of the meeting was to address local issues.
But then one board member, a Yemeni immigrant who is now a U.S. citizen, brought up the civil war that is ongoing in Yemen, and Ocasio-Cortez responded by blaming American actions in the area for the unrest.
The vets stated that her comments made them reive the lack of support when they returned from Vietnam. She also made disparaging comments about the U.S. relationship with Israel.