Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Replace Columbus Day with Holiday for Election Day

Jessica Kwong, Newsweek, November 19, 2018

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday proposed getting rid of Columbus Day as a holiday and replacing it with a day off for Election Day.

It started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday night, “how is Columbus Day a holiday but Election Day not?”

The Daily Mail’s U.S. political editor David Martosko quote tweeted Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday and wrote that she “hasn’t even started the job yet and she’s already angling for more vacation days.”

The incoming Democratic representative then quote tweeted Martosko and replied: “While I would disagree with your complaint that Americans get too much vacation time (we work some of the longest hours of any dev country & have no Fed required paid leave), I am willing to compromise by eliminating Columbus Day to give Election Day off. See? I can be pliant.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s view that Columbus Day should not be a holiday reflected the opinions of many Americans who do not want to glorify the enslavement and killing of Native Americans at Christopher Columbus’s conquest in 1492.


As Ocasio-Cortez makes more of her ideas heard, conservatives have lodged more attacks against her.

Washington Examiner reporter last week tweeted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez’s backside and commented, “That jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.” It was just one of various criticism she has faced from conservatives who say she leads a more luxurious life than she claims. {snip}

The idea that Election Day should be a national holiday was proposed by independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for whom Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer, when he pursued the Democratic primary for the 2016 presidential election.

After a turnout of only about 36 percent in the 2014 elections, according to the University of Florida’s United States Elections Project, Sanders co-sponsored a bill to establish “Democracy Day” to make it easier for Americans to vote.


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