Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing huge backlash from conservatives all over he country after criticizing former President Ronald Reagan and suggesting he was racist.
During her appearance at South-by-Southwest Conference & Festivals, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a few comments in which she stated that Reagan’s handling of welfare was a perfect example of pitting people against each other.
“One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans, is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens. So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he 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 Ocasio-Cortez.
Many conservatives felt the need to point out how wrong Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were and how Ronald Reagan did the opposite of what she was claiming.
“[Ocasio-Cortez] cheers for socialism while wearing $1000 suits and eating at 5 star restaurants. All provided to her by the benefits of Capitalism,” tweeted Andrew Pollack. “She wants you to suffer under high taxes and oppression while she thrives as a privileged congresswoman.”
“I first voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 – he unified all workers for their economic advantage and success – the Blue Dog democrats supported him and he was reelected in a landslide 1984 – apparently @AOC believes that Orwell’s “1984” is a “how to” manual to rewrite history ” tweeted Tony Shaffer.
Radio host Larry Elder also joined in with a perfect example of how Reagan help the black community back in the days.
“Watch [Ocasio-Cortez] accuse President Ronald Reagan of utilizing racism to ‘screw over all working-class Americans.’ (Oh, so THAT explains how Reagan carried 49 states in ’84. Black unemployment fell faster than did white unemployment. Black businesses grew faster than white owned ones.),” said Elder.
“There is no evidence that [Ocasio-Cortez] ever picked up a book on President Ronald Reagan, so she would not know he created over 18 million jobs during his eight years in office and kicked off a 26 year run of economic growth,” said Reagan biographer Craig Shirley.