AOC reiterates that ‘RICO is not a crime’ while challenging Harvard Law School graduate Ted Cruz.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz Engage in Heated Debate Over RICO

In a surprising turn of events, far-left Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) found herself in a heated exchange with Harvard Law School graduate Ted Cruz regarding her statement that “RICO is not a crime.” The argument stemmed from AOC’s questioning of a witness during a recent House impeachment hearing.

During the hearing, AOC demanded that Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, name specific crimes that he believed President Biden had committed. When Bobulinski listed several offenses, including RICO, AOC attempted to interrupt and dismiss his claims. However, her lack of legal knowledge quickly became apparent.

“RICO. Is not. A Crime,” AOC adamantly declared. “It is a category.”

The concept of RICO, short for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a federal law designed to combat organized crime by prosecuting individuals involved in criminal enterprises. Senator Ted Cruz, a former Supreme Court clerk, was quick to correct AOC’s misunderstanding, calling her argument “bizarre” and affirming that RICO is indeed a crime.

Rather than conceding the point, AOC doubled down on her stance and engaged in a public debate with Cruz on Twitter. She insisted that specific crimes must be named in order to substantiate a RICO charge and challenged Cruz to provide evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden.

The exchange quickly drew criticism from legal experts and commentators, with many questioning AOC’s grasp of the law. High-profile trial lawyer Robert Barnes pointed out that predicate acts under RICO, such as wire fraud and money laundering, were evident in the Biden family’s activities. National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker criticized AOC’s arrogance and lack of understanding, while others mocked her for attempting to spar with a seasoned legal professional.

As the debate unfolded on social media, it became clear that AOC was outmatched in the realm of legal expertise. Cruz, known for his courtroom prowess and conservative principles, is no stranger to legal battles, having argued cases before the Supreme Court during his tenure as Texas solicitor general. In contrast, AOC’s background as a former bartender and political newcomer appeared ill-equipped to handle the complexities of legal arguments.

Despite the backlash, AOC remained defiant, continuing to challenge Cruz and defend her position on RICO. The ongoing dispute between the two politicians highlights the sharp ideological divisions within the political landscape and underscores the importance of legal literacy in public discourse.

In the coming days, it remains to be seen how Cruz will respond to AOC’s persistent challenges. As a seasoned legal scholar and political heavyweight, Cruz is likely to emerge victorious in this intellectual sparring match. AOC, on the other hand, may need to reconsider her approach to legal matters and focus on building a stronger foundation of legal knowledge in the future.