Ocasio-Cortez: 'Communist' was one of civil rights opponents' 'preferred smears'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez fires back after Trump says she's 'not talented in many ways' Progressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey MORE (D-N.Y.) noted Wednesday that opponents of the civil rights movement in the 1960s frequently attacked proponents of integration as communists.

“Calling people who believe in democracy, civil + economic rights, and racial justice 'communist' has a long + rich history w/ white supremacy in the US,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

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“It was one of the preferred smears against integrating schools, & one of the main attacks segregationists used against MLK Jr.,” she added, linking to a tweet by The Nation’s Jeet Heer noting that conservative magazine National Review frequently applied the label to King.

 

 

Ocasio-Cortez included an image with her tweet of protesters at the Arkansas state capitol who opposed the integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1959. One of the demonstrators carries a sign reading “RACE MIXING IS COMMUNISM.”

The tweet comes amid continued fallout from a series of tweets in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE told Ocasio-Cortez and three other progressive congresswomen of color – Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOver 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Democrats see victory in Trump culture war The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOver 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Analysis: 23 million families could face eviction by October due to pandemic Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOver 570 women registered to run for office, topping 2018 record Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-Mass.) – to “go back” to other countries. All four are U.S. citizens and opponents of the group have frequently used the term "socialist" in attacking them.

Amid outrage over the tweets, Trump has doubled down and defended them by claiming the four “hate America." He also tweeted a comment Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) made on "Fox & Friends" calling them communists and anti-Semites. The House voted Tuesday to condemn the tweets in a largely party-line vote, with four Republicans and independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Michigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet Can Trump break his 46 percent ceiling? MORE (Mich.) joining every Democrat.