She’s the new face of the Democrat Party, much to the dismay of many party leaders. Now, Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says that America is in a state of “garbage.” The comments came at the South By Southwest Conference & Festivals (SXSW) on March 9. At the same time she claimed former President Ronald Reagan spurred racial conflicts by pitting white working class people against minorities.
Responding to a question on her push for far-left socialist policies such as her proposed “Green New Deal” and Medicare for All, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the nation has drifted away from “our core” into something that is not radical but what “we’ve always been.”
“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 percent better from… garbage, is, shouldn’t be what we settle for, it’s like this, like, it feels like, moderate is not a stance it’s just an attitude toward life of, like, hmmm.”
The congresswomen at one point also claimed that Reagan’s rhetoric had “[screwed] over all working-class Americans.”
“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,” she said.
“So you think about this image, welfare queens, and what he was really trying to talk about was… he was painting this photo… he was painting this, like, really resentful vision of, essentially, black women who were doing nothing, that were sucks on our country.”
Ocasio-Cortez accused Reagan of fueling anger against a group of people “that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent.” She claimed the former president gave Americans a different reason to harbor such resentment that was “not explicit racism, but still rooted in a racist caricature.”
Her remarks come amid a hectic week for the congresswoman, who faces a possible investigation over the operations of her office and campaign, including two ethics complaints filed by conservative non-profits to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
One ethics complaint on March 7 accused her of using congressional privileges to provide her boyfriend an official House email address by falsely designating him a ‘staff’ member.
A separate complaint alleged that two political action committees (PACs) backing the congresswoman’s campaign fed nearly $900,000 to a limited liability company (LLC) that functioned as a de facto slush fund for campaign spending, skirting campaign-transparency rules.
The congresswoman recently also came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) who has faced accusations of anti-Semitism from both parties. On March 5, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a Twitter post from a supporter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which the U.S. State department designates a terrorist organization.