“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," the fiery 29-year old second generation Puerto Rican politician told CBS during an episode of 60 minutes.
Reporter Anderson Cooper asked her if she believed the state administrator was racist, she replied, there was 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," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Washington was quick to denounce the Congress’s youngest female politician, saying, "Ocasio-Cortez's sheer ignorance on the matter can't cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform," adding that he “has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
Criticized by conservatives for her clothing, complaints of D.C.’s rent prices, and more recently a dance video from college, the young self-described “democratic socialist” has stepped up to the plate, with social media skills that attract more followers every day.
Despite some factual faux pas on social media published shortly after her arrival to the House, Ocasio-Cortez says her mistakes are nothing like the president’s continual pattern of misinformation fed to the masses.
Ocasio-Cortez explained, "Whenever I make a mistake, I say, 'OK, this was clumsy,' and then I restate what my point was. But it's not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It's not the same thing at all."
The second generation Puerto Rican woman was not the only one making headlines this month with their candid and “radical” statements. Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, representing the 13 Congressional District, passionately promised on her first day in office that she and the other female left-wing colleagues would “impeach the motherfucker.”
Ocasio-Cortez told CBS, “I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security,” she said. “If that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”