Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Harris takes central role in climate fight MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she and her supporters "got under" President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's skin after the president waved off a reporter who noted the rising Democratic star had called him racist.
"Who cares?" Trump told reporters outside the White House, shaking his head and waving his hand.
Trump responds to Ocasio-Cortez calling him a racist— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 14, 2019
Reporter: “Mr. President, congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez called you a racist”
Trump: “Who did?”
Reporter: “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez”
Trump: “Who cares” pic.twitter.com/Wh5x6ZXYwb
Ocasio-Cortez seized on the moment to go after Trump on Twitter, mocking his wealth and his refusal to disclose his taxes.
"I bartended for *years* in New York City I understand guys like this like the back of my hand," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "We got under his skin."
I’d say we’d be taxing 70% of Trump’s income, but he probably hasn’t made more than $10 million in years - and that’s the real reason he’s hiding his taxes— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 14, 2019
In a "60 Minutes" interview broadcast earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez said there's "no question" Trump is racist. She cited his response to a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and his rhetoric toward immigrants.
The White House pushed back on her assertion, pointing to the president's support of criminal justice reform and his condemnation of racism.
Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old self-identified democratic socialist, rose to national prominence after she unseated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a primary last year. She became the youngest woman ever elected to the House in November.
She has roiled conservatives and stirred debate by pushing for a number of progressive policies, including higher tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to fund progressive programs like the Green New Deal.