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Trump Brushes Away Criticism from Ocasio-Cortez, 'Who Cares?'

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President Donald Trump quickly brushed aside a reporter’s query Monday about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York calling him a racist, which in turn prompted the freshman lawmaker to question the amount of the chief executive’s wealth.

A reporter said to Trump at the White House before he left for New Orleans, “Mr. President, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez called you a racist.”

“Who did?” the president wondered.

“Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez,” was the response.

“Who cares?” Trump said, before moving on to the next reporter’s question.

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Ocasio-Cortez shot back to Trump’s response on Twitter, writing, “I bartended for *years* in New York City. I understand guys like this like the back of my hand. We got under his skin,” adding a laughing emoji.

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She then took a swipe at his reported wealth, questioning whether the billionaire would get taxed at 70 percent under her proposed change to the tax law to fund her “Green New Deal.”

“I’d say we’d be taxing 70% of Trump’s income, but he probably hasn’t made more than $10 million in years — and that’s the real reason he’s hiding his taxes,” the 29-year-old wrote, with a winking-face emoji.

During a CBS News “60 Minutes” interview last week, Ocasio-Cortez charged that Trump “certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”

Asked by host Anderson Cooper if she believes Trump is a racist, the congresswoman answered: “Yeah. No question.”

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“When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy,” she claimed. “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 — it’s night and day.”

The White House deputy press secretary responded to the allegation, saying in a statement, “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform … and … has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”

After the president’s Oval Office address last Tuesday, the congresswoman tried to link Trump’s border barrier proposal to the Ku Klux Klan, tweeting , “Build a wall of steel, a wall as high as Heaven” against immigrants. — 1924 Ku Klux Klan convention.”

“We know our history, and we are determined not to repeat its darkest hour,” the Democrat continued. “America is a nation of immigrants. Without immigrants, we are not America.”

Many have noted that 2006’s “Secure Fence Act,” under which much of the current hundreds of miles of border barriers were built, enjoyed strong bipartisan support, passing the House of Representatives by a 238-138 vote, and the Senate, 80-19.

Sixty-four House and 25 Senate Democrats voted for the measure, including Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois, Joe Biden of Delaware and Dianne Feinstein of California.

It seems doubtful Ocasio-Cortez would accuse these Democratic lawmakers of being Ku Klux Klan sympathizers.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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