Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals over the weekend. She also participated in an interview where she shared her views, namely that the United States is “garbage.”
The congresswoman made the remark as she lamented that the U.S. was no longer good, equitable or even productive.
“Now we’ve strayed so far away from what has really made us powerful, and just, and good, and equitable, and productive, and so I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are but where we are is not a good thing,” she said. “And this idea of like 10% better from garbage, is, shouldn’t be what we settle for.”
Somehow deciding that it would illustrate her point, AOC then went on to imply that Reagan promoted racism in the country.
“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.”
While it’s no surprise that Ocasio-Cortez has held extreme and nearly anti-American views, it’s something else to have her actually admit them.