While some publications are characterizing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) statements (see below) on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC as AOC calling some of her Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives white supremacist “sympathizers,” let’s be honest. AOC is actually accusing those GOP members of the House of being full-fledged white supremacists.
Read the short transcript below and decide for yourself. Is AOC calling these GOP elected representatives white supremacists? If so, is AOC a racist herself for that kind of comment absent any actual proof? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
Rachel Maddow: “Let’s talk about that in terms of members of Congress and congressional staff as well. You are saying that you didn’t feel safe going to that extraction point because you believe, knowing them, that there were members of Congress you didn’t trust not to betray your location and put you in danger in that way. Can you talk a bit more about that, why you believed that, if what you believed about that, what you know about that is something that should be part of the investigation? Or is it part of the investigation that’s been announced into whether members of Congress are complicit here?” [emphasis added]
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I can’t speak as to what is currently under investigation specifically or not, but there are members of Congress that have made public comments. Comments like that Muslim Americans should not hold public office. They’ve made public comments that are quite closely aligned with the beliefs of white supremacists and white supremacist sympathizer organizations. These are all public record. And, you know, people of color are not safe around any individual who, frankly, sympathizes with a white supremacist cause. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve been elected to Congress or not. It is a complete abdication of any responsibility that we all have to protect and defend and be there for each other as human beings and certainly as Americans. So it wasn’t safe. And the implications of that are quite dire. To not be in a secure location because being in the insecure location seems like a safer bet than being in a secure location. I mean, it’s pretty scary. I can also say I was not the only member of Congress that felt that way. You know, not every member was in that secure room.” [emphasis added]