Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday slammed President Donald Trump’s racist comments telling her and fellow progressive Democrats to “go back” to where they came from.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Trump’s rant telling her and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” was “hallmark language of white supremacists.”
It’s important to note that the President’s words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists.
Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 15, 2019
“It’s unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color in this country. It’s unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC later in the morning. “But I think what I would tell him is that it’s time to move on from him and it’s time to move on from his conception of an America that we have tried to move past for a long time.”
The Democratic lawmaker went on to say that Trump “relies on racism, division and anti-immigrant sentiment to consolidate power” because “he does not have a positive vision for the future of America.”
“He doesn’t believe in prosperous future for our country,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “He believes that everything is a threat.”
“Is there a strategy behind the racism to demonize you, to raise your profile?” the MSNBC reporter asked.
“I think there’s a strategy to divide the country because the more this country is divided, the more he benefits from it,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
Watch her speak below:
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 15, 2019