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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump is a Racist

In a "60 Minutes" interview, the new Democratic congresswoman said the president's words are "historic dog whistles of white supremacy."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is starting her term in Congress telling it like it is.


Ocasio-Cortez sat down in an interview with Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, which has gone viral because of her answer to one question — "Do you believe President Trump is a racist?"

Her response: "Yeah. Yeah. 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.

She called Trump "a symptom of a problem."

"The president certainly didn't invent racism," Ocasio-Cortez said, "But he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things."

At age 29, she is the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez has over 1 million Twitter followers, as many as the other 60 Democratic freshman House members — combined. Her progressive and no-holds-barred approach rattles conservatives and even some House Democrats who don't want to rock the boat.

In a statement, the White House combatted Ocasio-Cortez's comments on Trump.

"Sheer ignorance on the matter can't cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform," adding that he also "repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms."

In the interview, the topic of Trump came up as Ocasio-Cortez was reflecting on her being given four Pinocchios for a misleading tweet on the Pentagon's financial practices. She turned the table and took the opportunity to contrast how she handles mistakes as opposed to the man who vacates 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"Whenever I make a mistake, I say, 'Okay, this was clumsy,' and then I restate what my point was," she said. "But it's not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It's not the same thing at all."

When Cooper asked why she doesn't talk about the President often, she stated, "Because I think he's a symptom of a problem." After Cooper pressed her to explain, she added, "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."

It was then that he asked her if she thinks the President is racist to which the newly minted congresswoman responded authoritatively with the four-word answer that has made this "60 Minutes" interview an internet sensation.

When Cooper followed up with, "How can you say that?" Ocasio-Cortez responded with, "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."

Cooper is under fire for pushing back at Ocasio-Cortez. Some recalled that just about a year ago Cooper slammed the president for calling Central America "s---hole countries." In reference to Trump at the time, Cooper said "Not racial. Not radically charged. Racist. Let's not pretend or dance around it."

Others supported the veteran journalist stating he was simply doing his job. "He's not there to agree with Ocasio-Cortez, even if deep inside he does agree with her," one person tweeted. "He wants to find out why she thinks Trump is racist, even though he might already know the answer."

Black Student in Kansas Sues School District for Racial Discrimination

The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant and coaches Kevin Murakami and Carley Fine

Camille Sturdivant has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District for the abuse she was subjected to as a member of the high school dance team.

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"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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Vermont Continues to Fail Black Legislator Racially Harassed By White Nationalist

Kiah Morris resigned from her position because of the harassment, but Vermont's attorney general said he will not file charges against the perpetrators, including Max Misch.

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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Roku Pulls Racist 'Infowars' After Social Media Backlash

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Reuters

Six months after major social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter banned Alex Jones' Infowars, Roku, a streaming service, added a channel for the show's 24 million users. Apparently, there has been a channel for the show on Roku for years, according to Roku spokesman Eric Savitz.

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