Ms. Ocasio-Cortez boycotted the president’s speech but responded to it in a 30-minute Instagram Live video, in which she claimed Mr. Limbaugh was beneath the award and questioned the authenticity of his reaction when he received the award in the middle of the address.
“Him pretending to be surprised was such a joke that this has been news all day,” the New York Democrat said, according to a clip highlighted by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra. “There have been multiple reports from multiple news outlets saying that Rush Limbaugh was going to receive the Medal of Freedom, and then Trump announced it and he had to like pretend that this was some kind of Oprah moment — was so disingenuous.
“And to do that and to give it to Rush Limbaugh when there were plenty of people in that audience that have contributed positively to the fabric of American society, much more frankly, than he has,” she continued. “But it’s red meat to his base — Trump knows what he is doing and he wants to assert that Rush Limbaugh is somehow on the same level as Rosa Parks. It’s truly nauseating, and this is one of the many reasons why I did not go.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Mr. Limbaugh is a “virulent racist” who is undeserving of such an “extraordinarily sacred award.”