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Ocasio-Cortez's Comments on Trump Cause a Ruckus

Congresswoman says there's 'no question' president is a racist
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2019 2:12 PM CST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, and Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., stand together on the House floor.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The highest-profile member of the new Congress continues to make headlines, the latest coming in a Sunday interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes. In the interview, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces the description of herself as a "radical" on issues including the environment and income inequality, but much of the attention is focused on her unequivocal assertion that President Trump is a racist. Details and related developments:

  • The exchange: "Do you believe President Trump is a racist?" Cooper asks. "Yeah, yeah, no question," she responds. See the video.
  • The elaboration: When asked how she could say that, Ocasio-Cortez responds: "When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it's—it's night and day."
  • Whoopi weighs in: On the View Monday, Whoopi Goldberg had this to say of the congresswoman in regard to the wide-ranging interview: "I know you got lots of good ideas, but I would encourage you to sit still for a minute and learn the job." And she added, per Mediaite: "Before you start pooping on people and what they’ve done, you got to do something, too."

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