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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality 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 TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE in which he shared remarks by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Democrats shift tone on unemployment benefits Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators 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.