AOC Chief of Staff Under Fed Investigation
Jermain Botsio: Ocasio Cortez's embattled chief of staff leaving over the controversy. And let me tell you about the chief of staff, Barry. This guy was making some crazy statements and it looks like he's up to no good. What do you think about this? Barry?
Barry Nussbaum: Yeah, the guy you're referring to, Jermain, was the chief of staff that's run her campaign, run her office, in charge of anything. His name is Saikat Chakrabarti. He is way, way, way left, ok? This is a guy that's being investigated. For diverting, it looks like over a million dollars out of one of her campaign funds to companies that he owned personally. and he put the money in his pocket. So, there are Federal Election Commission investigations on a federal level into this guy for basically stealing. This is a guy that said, let me quote this. He accused Nancy Pelosi, who I'm not a big fan of, of being a weak leader and said that moderate Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are racists. He said this is the quote, "She is hell-bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s." In other words, Nancy Pelosi is a racist. Democrats who are moderate and don't support the policies that he has put together for AOC are racist. I'm not talking about the old white guys running the Republican Party. I'm talking about the Democrat Party. Now, keep in mind. Chakrabarti is running the office of a woman who's not a Democrat. She calls herself a socialist Democrat. She really ought to call herself a crazy communist slash Democrat because she caucuses with the Democrats. But as soon as the federal election investigation came out, he resigned that day, right? And he's going into private business with the million dollars he took from her campaign to run those two private companies that are going to allow him to profit personally. The guy may very well end up in prison and AOC is very indebted to this guy because he writes her policy. The crazier and crazier he gets, the more press she gets. I don't know who she's going to get to replace him that's as big a nutball as the guy that's leaving because his ideas are so anti-American, so anti-capitalist and so anti-Democrat party. He really believes that the Democrats that control the House of Representatives, for the most part, are old racists like the Southern Democrats of 70 years ago. Why? They disagreed with his policy for AOC, therefore they're racists.
Jermain Botsio: They love using the racist word so much, Barry. I'm so tired of hearing that. Why don't they come up with something real, Barry?
They could just say we disagree, right Jermain? Like they could just say, OK, she disagrees with us and we disagree with her. You know why? That would be civil. That would be respectful and that wouldn't get any press.
Jermain Botsio: It wouldn't get any press at all.
Barry Nussbaum: That's a horrible word. Racism is a horrible thing in this country and we're doing our best to get away from it. We want people equal regardless of skin color, belief, religion, sexual preference, social, economic and so on. But if you want to label somebody and you want people to go, oh, a congresswoman's office said he or she is a racist, all of a sudden people back up because they don't want to be associated with a racist. So, according to him and AOC, anyone that opposes their policy like Nancy Pelosi is by definition a racist.
Jermain Botsio: Fed probing AOC's chief of staff. Now, is anything really going to come out of this? We know that the DOJ right now, the feds, they're the deep state. There's something wrong with those folks. Is something going to happen with this here or is this just a dog and pony show so that he can go ahead and go quietly? What's going on here?
Barry Nussbaum: I wish I knew. Not only did Chakrabarti vanish in a day, her official spokesperson, a guy named Trent that had done her press work and written her PR and so on, but he also vanished the same day as well. And now, he has been appointed to chair her re-election campaign. So, they've got these two people out of her office that is being looked into. I don't know where the investigation is. I know it was launched last week. And as a result, the two key people in her office are gone. If they did something wrong, there ought to be federal indictments. There ought to be fines. And I think it's going to stick to her because she's becoming increasingly, significantly unpopular in her own district with her own constituency.