AOC: I Wasn't Safe with Republicans -They Sympathize with 'White Supremacist Cause'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says people of color not safe around Republicans
Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) revealed she could not stay in the secure location with House Republican during the Capitol Hill riots because they sympathize with a white supremacist cause.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show," AOC said people of color were not safe around Republicans.
“Let’s talk about that in terms of members of Congress and congressional staff as well."
"You are saying that you didn’t feel safe going to that extraction point because you believe, knowing them, that there were members of Congress you didn’t trust not to betray your location and put you in danger in that way."
"Can you talk a bit more about that, why you believed that, if what you believed about that, what you know about that is something that should be part of the investigation?"
"Or is it part of the investigation that’s been announced into whether members of Congress are complicit here?”
“I can’t speak as to what is currently under investigation specifically or not, but there are members of Congress that have made public comments."
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"Comments like that Muslim Americans should not hold public office," AOC said.
"They’ve made public comments that are quite closely aligned with the beliefs of white supremacists and white supremacist sympathizer organizations," she added.
"These are all public record. And, you know, people of color are not safe around any individual who, frankly, sympathizes with a white supremacist cause."
"And it doesn’t matter if you’ve been elected to Congress or not."
"It is a complete abdication of any responsibility that we all have to protect and defend and be there for each other as human beings and certainly as Americans."
"So it wasn’t safe."
"And the implications of that are quite dire."
"To not be in a secure location because being in the insecure location seems like a safer bet than being in a secure location," AOC continued.
"I mean, it’s pretty scary."
"I can also say I was not the only member of Congress that felt that way."
"You know, not every member was in that secure room.”