Anderson Cooper sat down with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
During their interview, Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez, “Do you believe President Trump is a racist?” The freshmen congresswoman quickly replied, “Yeah. Yeah. No question.”
When asked, Ocasio-Cortez clarified her statement:
“The president certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”
She went on to say:
“When you look at the words he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. 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.
.@AOC says the president is a racist, “no question.” The White House told 60 Minutes that President Trump “has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.” https://t.co/HmucF1z6zg pic.twitter.com/N5RlRfHoA9
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 7, 2019
The White House deputy press secretary said of the interview:
“Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform and has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not having their statements.
Yesterday she reinforced her claim about President Trump’s racism in a tweet.
The President defended Neo-Nazis who murdered a woman in Charlottesville.
The Dept of Justice sued him for not renting to Black tenants.
He launched his campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists.”
He banned Muslims.
The President is racist. And that should make you uncomfortable. https://t.co/RapKlDB99K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2019
The internet is here for Ocasio-Cortez’s comeback.
I stand with this young woman, and future great political leader, 100%. Her passion for social justice, emanating from her life journey as a hard-working, accomplished Latina, drives a fiery articulation of truth that is rarely seen today. We need AOC's voice now more than ever. https://t.co/oQ4iUX6hlq
— Renegade Filmmaker (@RenegadeLens) January 9, 2019
The President is a racist.
It's as clear as day.
The only people denying it are likely closet racists themselves, or people who simply don't understand what a racist dogwhistle is.
Thank you for not being afraid to speak the truth.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 8, 2019
I'm glad someone is finally, publicly saying what is well known and obvious, going back 40 some years
— Yorick ???? (@salamurai) January 8, 2019
I know I quote-retweeted during work on my break earlier but before bed I must repost it again. And I will continue to any chance I get as long as the orange turd is in office. https://t.co/aAORxUy09x
— Handlebar-Orion X.ᵠᵘᵃᵈʳᵒᵒⁿ ʷᵉᵉᵇ ʟᴏᴀᴛʜᴇs ғᴀsᴄɪsᴍ (@HandlebarOXD) January 9, 2019
P E R I O D T. My bish gone serve y'all straight facts. https://t.co/ok8fyEloLR
— Jamie (@stilljamieblog) January 9, 2019
— Molly McCaffrey (@MollyMcCaffrey) January 9, 2019
More than uncomfortable–I am disgusted. https://t.co/bL7BTBqYlX
— Laura Vazquez (@lvazquez213) January 9, 2019
— HonestlyTho (@Honestly_222) January 9, 2019
Take your pick:
POTUS is racist, misogynist, xenophobic, narcissist, a white man, a capitalist predator, a cartel of delusion… https://t.co/oUlcsQ6jHD
— arnoldo garcía (@arnoldogarcia) January 9, 2019
Whatever else about this, we could use more leaders who are willing to call a racist a racist https://t.co/kBcPs3dsR6
— Tom Johnson (@notchocheesier) January 9, 2019
Thank you for speaking the truth, Representative!