Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared to cry on the house floor after breaking up with her fellow team members during a vote to fund Israel’s Iron Dome.
The bill passed with a bipartisan 420-9 majority despite efforts by the Squad, led by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, to advance its program to suspend military aid to Israel.
Among the negative votes were Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, who was accused of anti-Semitism by a fellow Democrat.
Earlier this week, the Squad took advantage of the urgency to raise the debt ceiling to remove $ 1 billion in missile defense funding from the Democrats’ previous spending bill.
But instead of backing her opposition in Thursday’s vote, Ms Ocasio-Cortez changed her vote to “present” at the last minute.
Her tears have been called “drama, and bad drama on top of that” by critics like Meghan McCain in response to the moment reported by reporter Jake Sherman.
“AOC looks distraught. She’s in the middle of the floor of the house wiping tears, crying into her colleague’s shoulders,” Sherman wrote on Twitter.
Jerusalem Post Columnist Emily Shrader said: “AOC literally in tears after voting ‘present’ on Iron Dome funding. More Jews hate team theaters.”
The Jerusalem Post, with Politics, were the first to report the Squad’s pressure to halt funding for the Iron Dome, which defends Israeli civilians against rocket attacks.
A diplomatic source said Jerusalem post that the White House began to reverse the decision almost immediately after its announcement, illustrating the rift between congressmen from urban districts and President Joe Biden.
That rift widened with heated exchanges in the House as moderate Democrat Ted Deutch of Florida leading a tirade against Ms Tlaib, who called Israel an apartheid state.
“I cannot, I cannot allow one of my colleagues to address the House of Representatives and call the democratic Jewish state of Israel an apartheid state,” Mr. Deutch Thursday. ‘I reject him.’
“When there is no room on the map for a single Jewish state, it is anti-Semitism, and I reject it,” he added.
Ms. Tlaib later declared that Israel was a human rights violator guilty of war crimes, adding that “Palestinians live under a violent apartheid system”.
Her comments echoed Ms. Omar’s rhetoric on Twitter this week as the party fractured over funding from the U.S. ally.
“We sold $ 175 billion worth of weapons last year – more than anyone in the world – to some of the world’s worst human rights abusers,” she said on Twitter.
“Here’s an idea: don’t sell weapons to anyone who violates human rights.”
After Democrats approved the funding, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid specifically thanked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who reportedly worked behind the scenes to reassure Israel that the funding freeze was not was just a “technical” problem.
Mr Biden pledged some time ago to replenish the capabilities of the Iron Dome after clashes between the terrorist group Hamas and Israel in May.