Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRestless progressives eye 2024 Five issues that will define the months until the midterms  GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (D-N.Y.) lashed out at President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive issues that will define the months until the midterms  Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE (R-Ky.) in a new interview, calling the president a "racist visionary." 

In an interview with Vanity Fair published Wednesday, the New York Democrat alluded to a New York Times report last month that Trump paid no income taxes for 10 of the 15 years before he was elected president and just $750 a year in 2016 and 2017. 

"These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money,” Ocasio-Cortez told the magazine, “when these motherf---ers are only paying $750 a year in taxes.”

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Ocasio-Cortez alleged that “Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done. He doesn’t do anything without Trump’s blessing. Trump says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell says, ‘How high?’ Trump never does what McConnell says.”

The progressive lawmaker also weighed in on the upcoming presidential election between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE. In the past, Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed the more liberal Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) during the 2020 primaries, has argued that Biden would do a better job than Trump at protected marginalized communities.

“This is not about a decision between two candidates,” she told Vanity Fair. “It’s about a decision between two countries.”

She added that the future of the Democratic Party hinges on a Biden administration being able to make real changes in the lives of those who are struggling.

“If these people’s lives don’t actually feel different” Ocasio-Cortez said, “we’re done. You know how many Trumps there are in waiting?” 

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“I think, honestly, a lot of my dissent within the Democratic Party comes from my lived experience. It’s not just that we can be better, it’s that we have to be better. We’re not good enough right now,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez had recently said that Democrats should focus on winning next week’s election before pushing for policies under a possible Biden administration.

“I don’t want us to start counting our chickens before they hatch,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union” earlier this week. “I think we need to focus on winning the White House period.”