Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of looking 'other way' on white supremacism

Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of looking 'other way' on white supremacism
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGeorge Conway calls for Congress to remove Trump: He's 'a cancer' Dems plan Monday call on Mueller report: 'Congress will not be silent' Mueller report: The winners and losers MORE (D-N.Y.) accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE of signaling that he will “look the other way” on white supremacism, pointing to his remarks reacting to the killing of 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand last week.

The freshman lawmaker referenced Trump’s remarks last Friday, the day of the shooting, when Trump was asked if he thought white nationalism as a growing threat around the world.

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“I don’t really, I think it’s a small group of that have very serious problems,” Trump said. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case I don’t know enough about it yet. We’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a tweet from the Southern Poverty Law Center that highlighted the question and the first part of Trump’s response to the question: “I don’t really.”

“What the President is saying here: ‘if you engage in violent acts of white supremacy, I will look the other way,’” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her tweet. “Understand that this is deliberate. This is why we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines.”

 

Democrats have been raising alarm bells about the threat from white supremacism, which they have linked to Trump.

Democrats, joined by many Republicans, were particularly critical of Trump’s response to a march by neo-Nazis and other affirmed white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. After a woman was killed when a man attending the march drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one, Trump said there were good people on both sides of the fights in Charlottesville.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in the tweeted retweeted by Ocasio-Cortez pointed to a rise in white supremacist hate groups between 2017 and 2018.

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee confirmed it will hold hearings on the threat of white nationalist violence in the wake of the killings in New Zealand.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler wants 'the boss of everybody' Stephen Miller to testify before Congress Giuliani slams Nadler for 'diarrhea of the mouth,' 'lack of judiciousness' Grand jury material becomes key battle-line in Mueller report fight MORE (D-N.Y.), intends to question officials with the Department of Homeland Security and FBI on current agency efforts to address the issue.

Separately, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) at a CNN town hall on Monday night said white supremacists “pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group.”