Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at American greats while speaking at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. She took aim at political moderates.
“Moderate is not a stance. It's just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” said AOC according to Fox News. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when ... the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”
The progressive political even took aim at one of American history's most progressive presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She claimed that FDR's New Deal was racist.
She also took aim at one of America's most beloved president's policies. She said that Ronald Reagan's policies were also racist.
She said they "pitted" white working class people against minorities in order "to screw over all working-class Americans,” particularly African-Americans and Hispanics.
"So you think about this image of welfare queens and what [Reagan] 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," said AOC.
"And it's this whole tragedy of the commons type of thinking where it's like because ... this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that's not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "It gives people a logical reason, a 'logical' reason to say, 'Oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.'"
People on Twitter took her to task after she called Reagan a racist. They were outraged by her words.
Reagan is one of our most beloved presidents, and he was the president who ended the Cold War and brought down the Berlin Wall. He's not someone who anyone should be taking swipes at.
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