AOC Says Racists Were A Key Part of Donald Trump's Coalition of Voters
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez keeps 'racism' the focal point of debate topics
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that President Trump's supporters are unknowingly racist during an interview with Crooked Media's Pod Save America podcast.
AOC, who has repeatedly said there was "no question" that Trump "is a racist," said the conservation needs to be about racism itself, and not so-called racists.
"First of all, the biggest mistake that we have — and it's a trap that gets set by the Right, whether intentionally or unintentionally — is just the frame of asking, 'Is blank racist?'" the New York Democrat explained.
She then argued the conversation needs to be about racism itself, and not the people who ascribe to it.
"Like all winning political phenomena ... they rely on coalition building," she continued.
"So, Trump relied on a coalition, and a core part of that coalition were racists — building a coalition with all sorts of other people that could be susceptible to racist views if they were blanketed and layered and made people made feel good about it not being a racist thing."
Ocasio-Cortez said many Trump voters don't believe they are racist because the national discourse does not educate on recognizing 'racism.'
Trump brushed off accusations of racism from Democrats and reminded Ocasio-Cortez had accused even Nancy Pelosi of being a racist after the House Speaker disagreed with ehr.
"Her own party called Nancy Pelosi a racist two weeks ago. The word is so overused; it’s such a disgrace. And I can tell you I’m the least racist person there is in the world, as far as I’m concerned," Trump said
Last month, a new Rasmussen poll revealed 32 percent of Democrats believe that it is "racist" to disagree with "the political views of a politician of color."
The national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted July 15-16, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports.
The results show a worryingly high number of Democratic voters see criticism from a white politician as racism when the views they are criticizing are those of a person of color, no matter the subject of debate.
The poll asked; “is it racist for a white politician to criticize the political views of a politician of color?”
Almost a third of all Democrat respondents said they believe this constitutes as racism.