Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "No Question" That President Trump Is A Racist

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said President Trump is a racist that uses the "historic dog whistles of white supremacy." The freshman Congresswoman also said Trump "manufactures crises" like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders.

"The president certainly didn't invent racism," Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday's broadcast of '60 Minutes.' "But he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things."

Anderson Cooper: You don't talk about President Trump very much.



Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No.

Anderson Cooper: Why?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No. Because I think he's a symptom of a problem.

Anderson Cooper: What do you mean?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 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.

Anderson Cooper: Do you believe President Trump is a racist?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Yeah. Yeah. No question.

Anderson Cooper: How can you say that?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: (CHUCKLE) When you look at the words that 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-- it's night and day.

In response, the deputy White House press secretary said, "Cong. 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."

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