Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shockingly Claims Trump Is A Racist Based On Racist Things He's Said & Done His Entire Life
Anderson Cooper had Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on "60 Minutes" last night for some big boy journalism. Top of the list of probing questions for the "radical" congresswoman was her feelings about motherfucker-in-chief Donald Trump.
COOPER: "You don't talk about President Trump very much ... Why?"
AOC: "Because I think he's a symptom of a problem ... 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."
COOPER: "Do you believe President Trump is a racist?"
AOC: "Yeah, no question."
COOPER: "How can you say that?"
She was able to say this by manipulating her vocal chords to produce speech. Oh wait, was Cooper actually wondering how Ocasio-Cortez could say that Trump is a racist? That's just stupid. Nonetheless, Ocasio-Cortez patiently walks Cooper through Trump's presidential library of racism: "Here's 'fine people on both sides' in Charlottesville. Here are some 'son of a bitch' football players. Here are migrant children in baby jails. This is just the first floor. Did you get a snack? This could take a while."
Cooper had this flabbergasted, deer-in-the-headlights look, as if Ocasio-Cortez was the first person to ever suggest Trump wasn't a friend to minorities. Hell, Trump was discriminating against black renters and trying to get innocent black kids executed back when Ocasio-Cortez was just a suburban white child named "Sandy."
An Associated Press poll from last year revealed that 80 percent of black people and 75 percent of Hispanics believe Trump's a racist. It's frankly only newsworthy if a person of color doesn't think Trump is racist. That's how Diamond and Silk pay their rent. Even lone black Republican Senator Tim Scott once admitted that racial discussions with Trump were "hard, painful, and uncomfortable."
The press has also reacted as if Ocasio-Cortez didn't just point out that water is wet (and really racist). A headline in the Orlando Sentinel declared that she "went there." All she did was be direct rather than just shrug and change the subject to college football when grandpa started rambling about "the coloreds." That's the approach most white politicians take with Trump.
Just last week Senator Mitt Romney wrote in an op-ed that he planned to "speak out against significant statements or actions [from Trump] that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions." If you are proactively stating your intentions to call out the president's future racism, that's compelling evidence that you might consider him racist. But Republicans especially treat Trump's bigotry as a bad habit that doesn't define him. He's just a social cross burner.
The majority of white voters in America are in a tough spot because they basically told minorities flat out that even if Trump is a racist, that wasn't a deal breaker for them. Tax cuts were on the line, damn it. And it's not just that Hillary Clinton was uniquely awful in 2016. Totally non-racist Trump voters will find some reason to simultaneously disavow Trump's racism while also saying he's better than Elizabeth Warren or whoever the Democratic nominee winds up being. If there are no more serious consequences for racism than there currently are for wearing white after Labor Day, that puts minorities in an unpleasant position.
Hogan Gidley, special assistant to the president, whitesplained racism to Ocasio-Cortez and reminded her of how awesome Trump is for the blacks and Hispanics. Trump is the same guy who campaigned for the pro-lynching senator in Mississippi.
I kinda thought the whole push for criminal justice reform was because Jared Kushner's very white dad had served time and Kim Kardashian is pretty. The whole thing was actually a gift for us? Wow. That kinda feels like when a husband gives his wife lingerie or a vacuum cleaner for her birthday. The repeated boasts about low unemployment rates for minorities is also a little annoying because isn't Trump trying to improve the economy for everyone? We're supposed to think he's not a racist because he's not making a point of depriving us of jobs? "My presidency has had the longest extended period without a nuclear war for African-Americans and Hispanic Americans in history!"
It would be great if journalists would empathize with minorities a little and stop asking us to prove to them that Trump is a racist. Maybe start asking Republicans how they can willingly work with a white supremacist president. But I guess that just wouldn't be civil.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He recently fled Seattle, where he did theatre work for Book-It Rep and Cafe Nordo.