Time – even just one minute – is what you make of it, said US envoy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes on Wednesday night.
The New York Democrat reacted on Twitter to messages that he would have only 60 seconds to speak when he participated in the mostly online national convention of the Democratic Party next week.
Occasio-Cortes, quoted by “God’s Minute”, by the late civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin E. Mace, whose poem was a commentary on the shortness of life.
“I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced to me, I did not choose it, but I know I have to use it, “reads the poem.
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“Give an account if I abuse it. Suffer if I lose it. Just a small minute, but eternity is in it.
Some in response to the Occasio-Cortes post have accused the Democratic leadership of trying to stifle Congresswoman ̵
“What a slap in the face for the progressive wing,” a Twitter user wrote. “It’s a constant malice for us. They think we will hide and peek [out]They are wrong. We’re not going anywhere. With @AOC as our leader, we’re just getting started. Now that the team has been re-elected, we are ready to make noise in the halls of Congress. “
“Other speakers have to finish early, then say at the end [theirs] that the rest of their time goes to @AOC, “wrote another.
Some note that the short time for Ocasio-Cortes came despite victories from her and two other allies in the squad – US representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – in their Democratic primers as they headed for a general election in in November. A fourth member of the squad, US Representative Ayana Presley of Massachusetts, faces primary elections next month.
“The democratic establishment has no idea how many staunch democratic voters are abandoning them just because of their ignorant mantras on the left and right,” a Twitter user wrote. “The strategy that makes Trump win in 2016 is being dropped by DNC. They dig their own graves. “
One Twitter user noted that speakers at the last convention ignored the short time allotted to them.
“[Bill] Clinton received 15 minutes in 1988, “the user wrote. “He spoke 33 and was booed from the stage. Obama spoke for 17 minutes (including stopping to applause 33 times!), He wasn’t even shown on television, and he made us believe we could change the world. I can’t wait 60 seconds on the AOC. “
Democrats will convene from next Monday to August 20, mostly online – but with the event anchored in Milwaukee, the city, which was chosen to host a more conventional fair in July before the coronavirus pandemic, sparked a resumption and a radical change in plans.
Occasion-Cortes is scheduled to speak Tuesday night after Sanders speaks Monday night.
Other speakers this week will include former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
Later in the week, Biden and ruling Kamala Harris are expected to accept the party’s candidacy for president and vice president, respectively, in November for talks with President Trump and Vice President Pence.
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Republicans will hold their convention next week, beginning Aug. 24.