[Ed. – Just when you thought she couldn’t say anything dumber.]
Democratic-socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday declared her support for a “Marshall Plan,” to rebuild hurricane-wracked Puerto Rico, referring to the U.S. territory as an “invaded,” colony.
“120 years ago today (July 25th, 1898) Puerto Rico was invaded and made a colony of the United States,” began Ocasio-Cortez. “Puerto Ricans are US citizens. But they STILL don’t have the right to vote federally, nor do have voting rep in Congress (unless they move). Nor are they a sovereign people.”
Led by General Nelson Miles, 1300 U.S. soldiers launched the Puerto Rican Campaign against the Spanish-controlled island of Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898. Puerto Rican troops were no match for U.S. forces, who secured the island by August 13. Spain, acting through France, signed an armistice with the U.S. to relinquish control over the various territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.
The Spanish-American War drew to a close after the Treaty of Paris was signed in December.