AOC Denounces Biden’s ‘Shameful’ Appointment of Ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Ambassador to Japan
AOC demands Senate reject Biden’s ‘shameful’ nomination of ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan for helping to ‘cover up’ police murder of 16-year-old Laquan McDonald
- Biden nominated Emanuel as ambassador to Japan, making the announcements on a Friday last month
- Liberal Democrats have pointed to his approach to McDonald’s shooting by white police officer
- Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting
- Ocasio-Cortez released a statement accusing him of a ‘cover-up’ of the murder
- She said it should be ‘disqualifying’
- Japan’s ambassadorship is an important diplomatic post
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a blistering statement Wednesday quashing President Biden’s nomination of former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as ambassador to Japan.
The leftist House Democrat called the nomination “deeply shameful” for Emanuel’s role in a “cover-up” of the video of the 2014 police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald, she wrote.
MPs have no part in the nominations of ambassadors, although her damning statement raises the temperature in the confirmation process in the 50-50 Senate.
“This nomination is deeply embarrassing. As mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald — just a teenager when he was shot 16 times in the back by a Chicago police officer,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. office was released.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) denounced President Joe Biden’s appointment of former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan, calling it “deeply shameful”
This alone should be downright disqualifying from any position of public trust, let alone representing the United States as ambassador. That the Biden administration wants to reward Emanuel with an ambassadorship is an outrage and a betrayal of the values we strive to uphold both within our country and around the world. I urge the Senate to vote NO to his confirmation,” she said.
A 2016 internal report released in 2019 amid public outcry contained numerous ethical violations to hide details of the 17-year-old’s shooting.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting. He fired his weapon 16 times.
Emanuel made sure that the video of the shooting was not made public at a time when he wanted reelection. He denied participating in a cover-up of the dashcam video and said he was following city rules. He also declined calls to resign over the incident.
Rahm Emanuel denied that he covered up the video, which was kept out of public view as he sought reelection.
The murder of Laquan McDonald took place on October 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, when the 17-year-old African-American was fatally shot by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke enters the courtroom for his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, USA, January 18, 2019. Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months for shooting Laquan McDonald, killing him 16 times. shot his gun, in 2014
“We have a process. It’s called the election,” he told Politico in 2015. “The voters have spoken. I will be held accountable for my actions and the decisions I have made.”
Before returning to his hometown to become mayor of Chicago, Emanuel had a reputation as a hardworking member of the House, eventually serving as Barack Obama’s chief of staff and helping to push through the Affordable Care Act.
His appointment could lead to tense discussions about police misconduct and police methods. sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) is a prominent member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has made policing issues to a head.
Japan’s ambassadorship is an important diplomatic post, previously held by former Senator Bill Hagerty under President Trump and Caroline Kennedy under President Obama.