AOC Demands Taxpayer Funding to 'Deradicalize' Trump Supporters
Radical Democrat claims MAGA fans are 'white supremacists' & 'conspiracy theorists'
Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is demanding taxpayer funding for a federal program seeking to "deradicalize" supporters of President Donald Trump.
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez called for the federal government to better fund efforts to tackle the "problem" of Americans becoming "white supremacists" and "conspiracy theorists" after supposedly being misled by President Trump.
AOC conceded that figuring out how best to communicate with some of Trump’s supporters is “very difficult.”
Responding to a question during a virtual town hall, Ocasio-Cortez claimed "a lot of experts" have suggested ways to make the "problem" "go away."
"I think that we’re going to be hearing a lot from a lot of experts in the best ways to deradicalize people,” she said.
"There are a couple of things I will say about this: One is I think our community recognizes … that this is not a problem that is going to go away Jan. 20."
"You know, this doesn’t go away with an inauguration, it doesn’t go away after an inauguration," AOC continued.
"And there are people who are radicalized right now, and it is going to take a very long time … and a lot of effort to deradicalize those people.”
“Now, that is not to say that all hope is lost,” Ocasio-Cortez assured her listeners and mentioned how she has served for the past two years as vice-chair of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which is a part of the Oversight Committee.
"We have held many hearings on the growing white supremacist threat and the domestic terror threat in the United States,” she said.
"Over the last two years, we’ve been holding hearings on this."
She referenced how former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini testified to them in September 2019 about various deradicalization techniques by which he was convinced to leave that subculture.
"We had a program addressing white [supremacists], we had federal programs that went toward funding organizations like these that deradicalize people and President Trump pulled the plug on federal funding for some of these programs.
"And so one thing that we know is that we need to get that funding right back up and we probably need to double, triple, quadruple, or increase funding for these deradicalizing programs en masse.”
Neglecting to distinguish between white supremacists and those who questioned the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, Ocasio-Cortez stressed the importance of counteracting what she described as the “unaccountable misinformation bubble” that she claims deceives them.
"There is no deradicalizing in one conversation,” she said.
"It did not take one conversation to convince people of the conspiracy theory that the election was stolen.
"It took echoes, it took people hammering this, it took the president saying over and over and over again, it took his echo chamber saying it over and over and over again, it took this completely unaccountable misinformation bubble around him, hammering it over and over and over again.
"And that is how people get radicalized.
"And it takes a lot of that repeated effort to get people back out.”
Ocasio-Cortez recently called for a congressional committee to combat "disinformation" in the media.
She drew criticism from some who claimed she was effectively calling for an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.”