Ocasio-Cortez blasts Omar double standard: Some racism accepted as 'realpolitik'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Democrats on Tuesday night for preparing a resolution rebuking Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE’s (D-Minn.) for remarks about Israel, arguing it was part of a brutal double standard.

In a pair of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats are calling out Omar while letting those making votes or statements based on racist tropes toward Latinos off the hook.

Ocasio-Cortez singled out the entire premise of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE’s wall on the Mexican border as being based on a racist trope.

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She also criticized 26 members of the Democratic Caucus who voted with Republicans last week on a measure that would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be notified if an undocumented immigrant seeks to buy a gun. Ocasio-Cortez said the amendment backed by the Democrats was based on a racist and false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than U.S.-born citizens.

Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that statements regarded as offensive to other minority groups are not condemned with resolutions.

 

“If we’re so concerned about implied tropes, why aren’t we concerned about this one? Where was the concern last week when 26 Dems voted for a GOP amendment to expand ICE powers rooted in the racist + false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than US born citizens?” she said in a tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez then criticized the premise of a wall on the southern border.

“The entire PREMISE of a wall is not based in fact,” she tweeted.

“It’s based in a racist + non-evidence based trope that immigrants are dangerous. Yet some Dems are willing to 'compromise' & spend BILLIONS on a trope because we’ve accepted some kinds of racism as realpolitik in America.”

The 26 Democrats who voted on the ICE measure backed a procedural motion offered by Republicans, bucking their party in the process.

The incident underscored the tensions within the Democratic Party between progressives and centrists — some of whom won districts last fall that were carried by Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

The fight over Omar has also ripped at Democrats, sometimes breaking the party on racial and generational lines.

Omar, a close ally of Ocasio-Cortez and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has come under fire for a string of remarks that critics have said are anti-Semitic.

In her most recent controversy, Omar at a Washington bookstore forum last week said that pro-Israel advocates are pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.”

Those comments came under fire from some Democratic lawmakers, including the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees House Democrats unveil .35B Puerto Rico aid bill Appropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall MORE (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish. Omar shot back at Lowey after the criticism, refusing to back down.

The House is now set on Thursday to vote on a measure condemning anti-Semitism, though the measure has been changed to also criticize anti-Muslim sentiment.

Supporters of Omar have pointed to a poster at the West Virginia Statehouse linking the freshman Democrat to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, questioning why that isn’t receiving the kind of condemnation that Omar’s remarks about Israel have inspired.