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PoliticsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump policies are about 'racism'

02:05  21 july  2019
02:05  21 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez 'being very disrespectful' to Pelosi

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez 'being very disrespectful' to Pelosi President Trump criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez amid a dispute between the freshman congresswoman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-N.Y.), Anderson Cooper appeared somewhat hesitant to pose his next question. “Do you believe President Trump is a racist ?” Ocasio - Cortez took the opportunity to distance herself from another prominent politician who has been frequently accused of spreading

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez said in an interview that aired Sunday night. Speaking on CBS's "60 Minutes," Ocasio - Cortez , a Democrat, told Anderson Cooper that Trump "certainly didn't invent racism . But he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump policies are about 'racism'© DON EMMERT/AFP US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a gathering of the National Action Network April 5, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday slammed President Donald Trump's policies on immigration in her latest argument against the President's handling of the situation at the southern border, saying that his signature agenda is really about "ethnicity and racism."

"All you need to do is hear what the President did this week to know this is not about immigration at all. Because once you start telling American citizens to quote 'go back to your own countries,' this tells you that this President's policies are not about immigration, it's about ethnicity and racism," Ocasio-Cortez said during a town hall on immigration held in her district in Queens, New York, in reference to Trump's tweeted racist attacks at her and three other minority congresswomen known as "The Squad."

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Media captionMs Ocasio - Cortez explains why she thinks Trump is a racist . New Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez has said At the weekend, Republican congressman Steve Scalise got into a heated Twitter debate with Ms Ocasio - Cortez on tax policy - she recently

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez spoke about President Donald Trump 's comments telling her and three other lawmakers to "go back where they came

Her comments come as the New Yorker finds herself in the midst of two high-profile clashes: the one with Trump, who last Sunday implied in series of tweets that she and the three other congresswomen were not natural-born American citizens and should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," and another with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Ocasio-Cortez and the other progressive freshman lawmakers recently opposed a House border aid bill.

The group of Democrats -- Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts -- have been outspoken about Trump's immigration policies in the past. On Tuesday, the House voted to condemn the racist language the President used in his attacks, and Pelosi came to the defense of the congresswomen of color.

Ocasio-Cortez gets new 2020 challenger: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica

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Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez has said there is “no question” that Donald Trump is racist . The newly sworn-in Democratic congresswoman gave an unequivocal response after being questioned about the president during a CBS News interview. Asked by Anderson Cooper if she believed Mr Trump “ is a

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez did not mince words while talking about President Donald Trump during a "60 Minutes" interview. USA TODAY.

Ocasio-Cortez's Saturday remarks come several days after the administration put in place a regulation that bars most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the US. The administration also recently floated the possibility of admitting zero refugees next year, according to sources familiar with a meeting in which the idea was discussed by officials from a number of agencies.

Trump's tirade against Ocaso-Cortez and the others on Sunday coincided with the beginning of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting undocumented immigrants in major US cities for arrest and deportion. Though an official from the agency said earlier this week that there has not been "any surge of arrests or activity or round-ups" in the operation.

During the town hall on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez, referring to Trump's tweets, said his "biggest mistake was that he said the quiet part aloud -- that was his biggest mistake."

How Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib were dubbed "the Squad"

How Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib were dubbed It all started with a hashtag, the women explained to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King asked them about it during her exclusive interview with the group. Here's what they said: KING: Do you like being called "the Squad" and where did that come from? I've been looking, nobody can tell me the answer to that. PRESSLEY: I will offer the genesis of this because again it's nothing conspiratorial. Very organic. None of us had met. I mean I had actually, Alex and I had met once before. And we showed up at new member orientation. We were asked to do an interview because we each represent firsts in our own right.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez said what we all know and have been thinking for years now: that Donald Trump is a racist . This is not newsworthy or particularly shocking Harmful statements, racist language, a history of racism , and policy positions that further marginalize people of color are another.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-N.Y.) said there’s “no question” President Donald “The president certainly didn’t invent racism . But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a Ocasio - Cortez ’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump

"Because we know that he's been thinking this the entire time. But he's been keeping it in here. And this week, it went out here. When he started telling American citizens -- where are we going to go? We're going to stay right here, that's where we're going to go. We're not going anywhere," she said.

Republican businesswoman Scherie Murray recently announced that she would challenge the New York Democrat for her congressional seat in 2020. Murray's campaign against Ocasio-Cortez -- who, in her calls to combat climate change and raise the minimum wage, has become a national face of democratic socialism -- could be an uphill battle in the Queens district she's seeking to represent, which is a Democratic stronghold.

Ocasio-Cortez said during the town hall that immigration would be among the topics of discussion next week during a one-on-one meeting she's set to have with Pelosi.

The meeting is "to have a more open-ended conversation and see what we can do to come together on strategy," Ocasio-Cortez said.

At one point during the event, she defended her opposition to the House border aid bill, which pitted her and other progressive House Democrats against Pelosi, arguing the legislation "wasn't humanitarian."

"I'll be very honest, I got heat from my own party for that -- for making that point. But if we really want to pass a humanitarian bill then let's make a humanitarian bill and if it's not a humanitarian bill then don't call it a humanitarian bill. It's a border militarization bill," she said.

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Kentucky county Democratic Party headquarters vandalized with messages disparaging Ocasio-Cortez.
A Kentucky county's Democratic Party headquarters was vandalized with graffiti over the weekend that disparaged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). News outlet WDRB reports the Jefferson County Democratic Party was vandalized with white spray paint Sunday that included the messages "TREASON DEM," "WITCH HUNT" and "RACIST AOC." The building serves as the headquarters for the Louisville Democratic Party, which is located in Jefferson County. The group issued a statement Sunday condemning the vandalism.

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