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Ocasio-Cortez Draws Outrage Over 'Ugly Racist' Tweet

Michel Cohen went before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. He’s going to jail, in part because he lied to Congress, and appeared before Congress again to assure them he wasn’t lying this time when he accused Donald Trump of being involved in everything from jaywalking to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. (I might, in fairness, have missed some of the details.)

If you wanted to see some real excitement, however, all you had to do was look at the members of the committee yelling at each other like elected banshees. And of course, this meant there were plenty of clips for their colleagues to tweet out.

The clip you probably saw most involved GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib (“we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf—-r!”) of Michigan.

Tlaib called out Meadows for “tokenism” for bringing Trump official Lynne Patton, an African-American woman who was there as a special guest of Rep. Meadows, according to The Daily Wire. Tlaib accused Meadows of tokenism, particularly since some of Cohen’s accusations revolved around the president allegedly saying racist things.

“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist and … the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee is alone racist in itself,” Tlaib said in a testy exchange.

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Do you think that Ocasio-Cortez's tweet was racist?

And, given how closely Tlaib and Democratic freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York get along, it’s not terribly surprising that she stuck up for her via Twitter.

“Total bravery from @RashidaTlaib as she reminds the nation that tokenism *is* racism,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Quite brave. Or racist, one of the two. Actually, a lot of people settled on number two.

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And perhaps my favorite:

Ostentatious wokness has absolutely nothing to do with calling out racism.

Rather, it’s being seen as having called out racism. And, as you do it, it’s apparently perfectly OK to be racist, to reduce a woman to nothing more than a “token” without actually saying her name. This is the real racism, straight from Ocasio-Cortez.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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