Ocasio-Cortez says marginalized communities 'have no choice but to riot'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOil price drop threatens US fracking boom Trump faces race against clock to get coronavirus relief out the door Will coronavirus launch the second wave of socialism? MORE (D-N.Y.) said this week during an appearance on Ebro in the Morning that marginalized communities have "no choice but to riot."

"Once you have a group that is marginalized ... once someone doesn't have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot," Ocasio-Cortez said about a half-hour into the 55-minute interview. 

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Her remarks came during a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Ocasio-Cortez clarified that she was talking about marginalized groups more generally. 

"I'm not even talking about Palestinians," she said. "I'm talking about communities in poverty in the United States; I'm talking about Latin America; I'm talking about all over the world."

"Social destabilization is what happens when people do not have a plan or feel like there's no vision for their future," she said. 

In the discussion, she also pushed back on the notion that criticizing Israeli policy is anti-Semitic or anti-Israel. 

"The same way that me criticizing Trump doesn't make me anti-American, criticizing the occupation doesn't make you anti-Israel," she said. "It doesn't mean that you are against the existence of a nation. It means that you believe in human rights, and it's about making sure that Palestinian human rights are equal to Israeli human rights."

Ocasio-Cortez's comments follow recent tweets by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump 'racist cowboy' House leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus MORE in which he shared remarks by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Schumer: Senate should 'explore' remote voting if coronavirus sparks lengthy break How much damage? The true cost of the Senate's coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-S.C.) accusing her of hating Israel and being anti-Semitic and anti-American.

That tweet followed attacks by Trump against Ocasio-Cortez and other minority congresswomen in which he told them to "go back" where they came from. The House voted to condemn the "go back" comment as racist.