During a “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said there was “no question” that President Donald Trump is racist.
Cooper sat down with Ocasio-Cortez to dive into her political rise. A self-described Democratic Socialist, Ocasio-Cortez has made waves for her comments on tax rates and Medicare for All, but she has largely avoided talking about Trump.
That all changed during her interview with Cooper.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 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/Wulr0l7fFK pic.twitter.com/o6pCTPmabt
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 6, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez: I think [President Trump’s] a symptom of a problem.
Cooper: What do you mean?
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.
When Copper pressed her directly on whether she thinks the president is racist, Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Yeah. Yeah. No question.”
“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 night and day.”
Cooper and his team at “60 Minutes” spoke to a deputy White House press secretary, who pointed to the president’s successes and previous statements about racism, saying:
“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.”
The White House later expanded on their defense of the president by highlighting that the administration has secured record amounts of money for historically black colleges and universities and worked to create record-low unemployment in the Hispanic and black communities.
NEW: @hogangidley45 with new statement from White House this morning vs charge by @AOC on @60Minutes Sunday where she said there is “no question” that @realDonaldTrump is racist. Gidley: “disgusting false claims” by @aoc, points to criminal justice reform, more money for HBCUs. pic.twitter.com/lz9S1PELVV
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) January 7, 2019
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has raised some eyebrows for outlandish, unsubstantiated comments. In the past, she has compared the battle against climate change to World War II and accused former White House chief of staff and four-star General John Kelly of “cowardice.”