New York’s representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez corrected former Fox News personality and US President Donald Trump’s adviser, Kimberly Guilfoyle on her Puerto Rico gaffe.
Guilfoyle delivered a speech for the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) on August 24th.
During her speech, Guilfoyle suggested that Puerto Rico is not part of the United States.
The woman the Republicans “picked as their ‘proud’ Latina– didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her Twitter post.
“It’s quite on message,” Ocasio-Cortez added, citing Republican’s “belief” that Latinos are not real American citizens.
First Generation American?
In her speech for the RNC, the former TV personality describes her mother as an “immigrant” rather than a US citizen.
According to Andrea González-Ramirez, a senior writer at Medium, Puerto Ricans “have been US citizens since 1917.”
Guilfoyle, “a Latina and proud American” also calls herself her family’s “first-generation American.”
She also declares that it is now her “duty to fight to protect” their American Dream.
She also talked about Trump’s rival, Joe Biden’s socialist policies.
“I know how dangerous” the Democratic Party’s “socialist agenda is,” she said.
She also slams her home state, California to prove her point.
“Take a look at California,” she said.
According to her, the Democrats turned the state “into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets”, and blackouts.
Puerto Rico’s Political and Geographical Situation
Puerto Rico’s political and geographical situation is a unique case.
Geographically speaking, Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean Sea is separate from the US mainland.
It has been a territory of the United States since 1898.
According to a Time report, Puerto Ricans are American citizens since birth.
However, it is not a US state and is categorized as an “unincorporated territory.”
Due to its characteristics, Puerto Ricans do not have the power to vote in Congress and the White House, unless they move to the mainland.
According to an article written by Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Ocasio-Cortez, other Democrats have suggested making Puerto Rico into a State.
However, many Puerto Ricans do not approve of this solution.