Talk about a walking, talking train wreck. While speaking at the annual SWSX conference in Austin, newly-elected Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that the United States is “garbage” and implied that former President Ronald Reagan was a racist who “pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans to screw over all working-class Americans.”
Here she is suggesting the United States is “garbage.”
AOC thinks America currently is “garbage.” pic.twitter.com/bz0UP2fJtB
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) March 10, 2019
Twitchy put it this way:
Someone explain to AOC she is more than welcome to GTFO if she doesn’t like it.
People elected this woman.
And here she is attacking Reagan:
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggests former President Ronald Reagan was a racist and claims he "pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans to screw over all working-class Americans" pic.twitter.com/oxM2QPRgrB
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 9, 2019
Fox News reported that Ocasio-Cortez also called FDR’s New Deal “racist.”
The self-declared Democratic socialist also criticized the treatment of minorities throughout American history, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s policies, which she said “pitted” white working class people against minorities in order “to screw over all working-class Americans,” particularly African-Americans and Hispanics.
Naturally, there were those who tried to put a different spin on what she said.
Per @Emilylgoodin, who is there, @AOC said this in the context of talking about minorities and civil rights. i.e. she didn't claim "America is 'garbage'," but she did say minorities are *treated* like garbage. That's not exactly a fringe idea. https://t.co/zGFWbIh4nk
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 10, 2019
Not so fast:
This is not accurate.
She made the comments while answering a question about the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and the $15 minimum wage.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 10, 2019
Here’s the video for context:
Perhaps she was concerned that Ilhan Omar was starting to steal her thunder as the most obnoxious new member of Congress so she upped her game a little. Or perhaps she really is just this dense and horrible.
It’s pretty safe to say this isn’t the Democrat Party that produced the likes of John F. Kennedy or Harry S. Truman.
James Woods responded to Ocasio-Cortez as only he can, with a quote from The Gipper himself:
Reagan: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so… pic.twitter.com/O2nJ7QsYfT
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 10, 2019
It was true when Reagan first said it and it’s still true today.
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