Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) played the victim card as she complained on Friday about the backlash she faced after she spoke to an audience of predominately black people in an accent — which sparked widespread accusations that her remarks were racist and patronizing.
Ocasio-Cortez — who often refers to Republicans as racists, white supremacists, and xenophobes — complained that is was “so hurtful” that people would call her out for the way she talked to black audience members.
“Folks talking about my voice can step right off,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same. Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up. My Spanish is the same way. These conspiracy mills are [garbage emoji].”
“As much as the right wants to distort & deflect, I am from the Bronx,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I act & talk like it, *especially* when I’m fired up and especially when I’m home. It is so hurtful to see how every aspect of my life is weaponized against me, yet somehow asserted as false at the same time.”
Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same.
Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up.
My Spanish is the same way.
These conspiracy mills are 🚮. https://t.co/8li33Jd6DL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 5, 2019
“This is what organizing looks like, this is what building power looks like, this is what changing the country looks like,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a southern accent while speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York City.
“I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin wrong with that,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”
Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living. pic.twitter.com/FIbIAPokt0
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 5, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s response to her latest controversy was riddled with factual inaccuracies, which is common for Ocasio-Cortez, who claimed in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that it was more important to be “morally right” than “being precisely, factually and semantically correct.”
Ocasio-Cortez appeared to suggest that she spoke the same way in a speech she gave at the anti-Semitic Women’s March and at a speech she gave about then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Ocasio-Cortez did not appear to use the same accent at any point in either of the two speeches.
Here’s Ocasio-Cortez’s speech on Kavanaugh:
Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that accurately reporting on what she said and how she said it is not a “conspiracy mill,” as she stated — it’s accurate reporting.
Ocasio-Cortez’s claims that highlighting what she said and how she said it is some kind of attempt to “distort” and “deflect” is also not accurate.
Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that she is “from the Bronx,” has also drawn a lot of criticism as it was revealed that she actually grew up in a wealthy suburb north of New York City.