Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snarked Thursday that the Republicans obsessed over the canceling of Dr. Seuss while the Democrats passed a COVID-19 relief for struggling Americans.

“This week in Congress,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist from New York, tweeted. “Dems: Passed $1.9T COVID package to deliver stimulus checks (w/ dependents!), cut child poverty in half, extend $300 UI, prevent cuts in state + local services, largest-ever investment in Native communities, etc.

“GOP: Took a week to read The Cat in the Hat,” she wrote.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was referring to the conservative firestorm sparked last week after Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it will stop publishing and licensing six books — “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” — because they supposedly “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

The books have since been pulled from Chicago’s public libraries and forbidden from being sold on eBay. Conservatives have pointed to the controversy as an egregious instance of left-wing cancel culture.

Some critics of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet noted that the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed the House and Senate this week along party lines, whereas four relief bills passed during the Trump administration garnered bipartisan support.

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