Ocasio-Cortez Faces Conservative Firestorm Over Comments Suggesting Reagan Was Racist

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is facing a wave of backlash from conservatives after criticizing former President Ronald Reagan and suggesting he was racist.

As IJR Red reported, the comments were made during a talk at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals (SXSW), during which she said Reagan’s handling of welfare was a perfect example of pitting people against each other:

“One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans, is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens. So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were ‘sucks’ on our country.”

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Many conservatives on Twitter pointed out how wrong her comments were and how Reagan did the opposite of what she was claiming.

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“[Ocasio-Cortez] cheers for socialism while wearing $1000 suits and eating at 5 star restaurants. All provided to her by the benefits of Capitalism,” tweeted Andrew Pollack. “She wants you to suffer under high taxes and oppression while she thrives as a privileged congresswoman.”

Radio host Larry Elder also chimed in.

“Watch [Ocasio-Cortez] accuse President Ronald Reagan of utilizing racism to ‘screw over all working-class Americans.’ (Oh, so THAT explains how Reagan carried 49 states in ’84. Black unemployment fell faster than did white unemployment. Black businesses grew faster than white owned ones.),” said Elder.

“There is no evidence that [Ocasio-Cortez] ever picked up a book on President Ronald Reagan, so she would not know he created over 18 million jobs during his eight years in office and kicked off a 26 year run of economic growth,” said Reagan biographer Craig Shirley.

As IJR Red reported, the lawmaker has been criticized even by those in her own party for some of her proposed policies, such as the Green New Deal.

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