Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brands Donald Trump’s border wall a ‘campaign fantasy’ and claims he has a ‘proven track record of discrimination against non-white people’ in the U.S.
- Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Trump’s rhetoric is ‘racist and dangerous’ which is part of a consistent pattern of his previous behavior
- The New York Democrat claimed he is holding the paychecks of everyday Americans hostage so he can build his wall which is ‘a campaign fantasy’
- She spoke of the ‘amount of dysfunction that the President is advancing’ in the offices on Capitol Hill as the shutdown continues with no hope of a breakthrough
- The 29-year-old Bronx native accused Trump of violating human rights on the US-Mexico border by separating children from their parents
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez branded Donald Trump’s border wall ‘a campaign fantasy’ and said he has a track record of discrimination against non-white people.
The newly sworn-in congresswoman spoke of the ‘dysfunction that the President is advancing’ in the offices on Capitol Hill as the Government shutdown continues with no sign of a breakthrough.
Ocasio-Cortez gave her reaction following Trump’s address to the nation on The Rachel Maddow Show tonight.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez branded Donald Trump’s border wall ‘a campaign fantasy’ and said POTUS (right) has a track record of discrimination against non-white people
She also accused both President Donald Trump of ‘systematically violating human rights’ due to his administration’s handling of migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Trump said Tuesday that child trafficking and sexual violence against women who try to migrate into the U.S. illegally is a ‘cycle of human suffering’ that he’s determined to end.
He implored Americans to call their members of Congress ‘and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice.’
But Ocasio-Cortez launched a diatribe against POTUS, claiming his rhetoric is ‘racist and dangerous’.
She said: ‘It’s not surprising because even before he was elected president of the United States he has a proven track record of discrimination against anybody that’s none white in the United States.
‘He has had controversy after controversy, so this is very consistent. It’s not just the continued lies throughout his administration, but frankly, it’s part of a very consistent pattern of his entire life’.
Ocasio was sworn in as the youngest congresswoman ever elected to Congress at 29 on Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez (above) accused both President Donald Trump of ‘systematically violating human rights’ due to his administration’s handling of migrants at the US-Mexico border
Ocasio-Cortez accused Trump of violating human rights on the US-Mexico border by separating children from their parents
She claimed the current shutdown is preventing her and other newly elected counterparts from carrying out important work for the people they represent.
She added: ‘I cannot tell you the amount of dysfunction that this president is advancing.
‘We now have over 100 new members of the freshman class. I cannot get even get laptops to my caseworkers in the Bronx and Queens to process the needs of constituents.
Ocasio-Cortez said Trump’s demand for a border wall that he has promised for nearly four years was a ‘fantasy’ and it would not lead to reduced crime rates as he argued.
She added: ‘Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans.
‘And not only that but the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be’.
The conflict between Trump and congressional Democrats led to a partial shutdown of the federal government a few days before Christmas.
Without an agreement on how to fund about one-quarter of the government, the affected agencies can’t reopen.
About 780,000 federal workers are either on unpaid furlough or being forced to work without pay. All will receive back pay when the shutdown ends, but they are likely to miss regularly scheduled paychecks on Friday.
The White House has requested $5.7 billion in new funding to continue the wall’s construction.
An art exhibit occupies part of the U.S.-Mexico border fence on the Tijuana, Mexico side; Trump wants to erect more sections like it in hundreds of miles of border territory where no barriers exist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) told Anderson Cooper (right) that she believed Trump was racist in an interview on 60 Minutes
The president passed up the option to declare an emergency on Tuesday and spend existing Defense Department dollars to build it without Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th District, was working as a waitress and bartender when she launched her campaign last year.
She also accused Trump of ‘systematically engaging’ in the violation of human rights on the border.
She added: ‘ He has separated children from their families. He talked about what happened the day after Christmas, on the day of Christmas, a child died in ICE custody.
‘The president should not be asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights.
‘The president should be really defending why we are funding such an agency when right now what we are seeing is death. Right now what we are seeing is the violation of human rights’.