Former Dem Governor Rod Blagojevich heckled Dem Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her perp walk on social media. Former President Donald Trump commuted the former Illinois governor’s 14-year prison sentence for corruption.
“How do you properly thank someone who’s given you back the freedom that was stolen from you?” Blagojevich said at the time. “Doing this does nothing to help his politics.”
“President Trump is a man who is tough and outspoken, but he also has a kind heart. And this is an act of kindness and I believe it’s the beginning of a process that — to actually turn an injustice into a justice,” he added.
AOC showboated her arrest for protesting the Supreme Court but Blago wasn’t buying it.
“AOC pretends to be handcuffed. At least when I get arrested, I get arrested for real!”
AOC was arrested along with other members of congress including Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Carolyn Maloney.
They wore specially-made green bandanas that said ‘Won’t Back Down.’ They marched from the Capitol to the Supreme Court and within minutes were ordered to “cease and desist.” They did not and chanted, “the people, united, will never be divided.”
The US Capitol Police said at the time: “Demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests.”
Andrew Solender from Axios reported:
“Multiple members of Congress, including @AOC, being arrested by Capitol Police for blocking traffic outside the Supreme Court in abortion rights demonstration. The group also includes the assistant House speaker, Katherine Clark.
“Members arrested: Dean, Velasquez, Lee, Speier, Clark, Jacobs, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Andy Levin, Carolyn Maloney, Adams, Watson Coleman, Escobar, Bush, Schakowsky, Omar & Pressley.”
U.S. Capitol Police said:
“We made a total of 34 arrests for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307). That arrest number includes 16 Members of Congress.”
CNN reported the below were among the arrested:
Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark of Massachusetts
Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
Barbara Lee of California
Jackie Speier of California
Sara Jacobs of California
Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey
Andy Levin of Michigan
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
Madeline Dean of Pennsylvania
Cori Bush of Missouri
Carolyn Maloney of New York
Nydia Velazquez of New York
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
Alma Adams of North Carolina
AOC pretends to be handcuffed. At least when I get arrested, I get arrested for real! pic.twitter.com/kuwjpp0g5v
— Rod Blagojevich (@realBlagojevich) July 21, 2022
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 19, 2022