Ocasio-Cortez: There’s 'No Question' Trump is 'Racist'
Democrat Socialist says president uses 'historic dog whistles of white supremacy'
Newly sworn-in House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated during an interview on Sunday that there's "no question" that President Donald Trump "is a racist."
Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrat Socialist who surprised the world by winning her party primary last year against an establishment politician, was asked by Anderson Cooper during an episode of CBS' 60 Minutes whether she believed the president "is a racist?"
"Yeah. Yeah. No question," Ocasio-Cortez answered.
"When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy," Ocasio-Cortez explains.
"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 night and day."
According to the Daily Mail, Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York's 14th District (parts of Queens and the Bronx), said Trump was a "symptom of a problem."
"The President certainly didn't invent racism," Ocasio-Cortez said, "but he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things."
The White House responded to Ocasio-Cortez's comments, saying: "Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's sheer ignorance on the matter can't cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform."
Trump "has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms," according to the White House.
In August 2017, a large group of protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate hero General Robert E. Lee.
During a counter-demonstration by leftist "Antifa" protesters, a young woman was mowed down by an extremist and died from her injuries.
When asked about Charlottesville, Trump did not explicitly condemn the actions of either side of the protests, explaining that the violence wasn't tied to one particular group.
He denounced "hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides."
The President also said there were "very fine people on both sides" - the implication being that the liberal media was attempting to smear the protesters based on the actions of a handful of people.
Ocasio-Cortez, sworn in as Congress’ youngest member on Thursday, is one of a number of Democrats who backs the Green New Deal — which aims to combat both climate change and income inequality with a massive and costly economic overhaul.
Ocasio-Cortez has called the aim — funded in part by slapping a tax as high as 70 percent on top earners — “a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100% renewable energy.”