In an appearance on MSNBC this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes that white supremacists are being tolerated by GOP leadership in the House of Representatives, which puts her and other members of color in danger.
“Last term, the Republican caucus was one of extreme fealty to Donald Trump,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There were some that were true believers, others that simply remained quiet out of cowardice and out of fear of the president’s retribution.
“But this term,” she continued, “there are legitimate White supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. And if you see someone like the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, of the Republican Party respond to White supremacist vitriol coming from his own members, not with censure like they did with Representative Steve King of Iowa, not with, you know, being stripped of committees, not with any consequence, you have to wonder who actually has that power. And it increasingly seems, unfortunately, that in the House Republican Caucus, Kevin McCarthy answers to these QAnon members of Congress, not the other way around. And that is something, frankly, that needs to be said.”
Not that you probably needed to, but AOC made certain that you didn’t need to guess who she was specifically talking about. She mentioned how McCarthy has failed to call Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on the carpet for her views, which the liberal media has been working overtime to “expose” over the course of the past week.
“There’s no consequences for racism, no consequences for misogyny, no consequences for insurrection, and no consequences mean that they condone it,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “It means that silence is acceptance and they want it because they know that it is a core, animating energy for them and this is extremely dangerous.”
For all those words, AOC never got around to explaining how Greene is a white supremacist, so we’ll have to rely on this Politico piece from June of last year:
In recordings obtained by POLITICO, Greene described Islamic nations under Sharia law as places where men have sex with “little boys, little girls, multiple women” and “marry their sisters” and “their cousins.” She suggested the 2018 midterms — which ushered in the most diverse class of House freshmen — was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government” and that “anyone that is a Muslim that believes in Sharia law does not belong in our government.”
In other videos, she directly compared Black Lives Matter activists to the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who marched at a white nationalist rally three years ago in Charlottesville, Va., denouncing them all as “idiots.” And Greene forcefully rejected the notion there are racial disparities in the U.S. or that skin color affects the “quality” of one’s life: “Guess what? Slavery is over,” she said. “Black people have equal rights.”
We’ll stay silent on the matter of Greene’s white supremacy and let readers make the call. Do you think that any of that qualifies as racism?
Or is AOC just sticking up for her radical Squad-mates?