there are a lot of words here but reading between the lines, AOC is saying that this was a controversial vote and she flinched
.@AOC explains her “present” vote on boosting funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system - “To those who believe this reasoning is insufficient or cowardice - I understand.”
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the AOC letter is a powerful, detailed explanation for why the bill was so worth opposing, attached to a very vague and abstract explanation for why she didn’t vote against it

8:50 PM · Sep 24, 2021

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final thing i will say: the people AOC says she was trying to calm with this decision won’t be calmed—instead, they’ll see that their hardline demands around Israel can have an impact even on someone like AOC, and they’ll remember that the next time
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It's never a good look when you vote 'present' on a slam dunk protest vote, and even a Republican voted no.
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"Because I was afraid of being punished by management"
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Replying to @jackmirkinson
yeah, it really felt like she felt like she didn't have time to get her ~narrative~ together for when zionist constituents inevitably yelled at her and reacted out of fear
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Replying to @jackmirkinson
Aoc needs to stick to her guns and not cave
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Reasons why AOC didn't vote against the bill: 1) AIPAC. 2) She's from NY. 3) She might like to be a Senator someday.
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