Ocasio-Cortez doubles down on accusation that Trump is racist

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday repeated her accusation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE is racist, saying that should make everyone “uncomfortable.”

The freshman congresswoman first took a jab at Trump during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," saying there is “no question” that Trump is racist.

She elaborated on her claims on Twitter, listing instances she viewed to have racial undertones. 

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“The President defended Neo-Nazis who murdered a woman in Charlottesville. The Dept of Justice sued him for not renting to Black tenants,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “He launched his campaign by calling Mexicans ‘rapists.’ He banned Muslims.”

“The President is racist. And that should make you uncomfortable,” she concluded.

The progressive lawmaker from the Bronx told host Anderson Cooper on Sunday that Trump didn’t “invent” racism but has “given a voice to it and expanded it.”

"When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. 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," Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that Trump was a "symptom" of a problem.

Trump faced widespread criticism in 2017 when he said there was “very fine people” on both sides at the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The White House tore into the 29-year-old lawmaker in a statement after the “60 Minutes” interview.

"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," the White House deputy press secretary said.