New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump’s immigration agenda: ‘It’s about ethnicity and racism’ George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to ‘go back where you came from’ MORE (D) tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of ‘realpolitik’ Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: ‘We are going to reelect the president’ MORE at an immigration town hall Saturday, saying the president’s immigration policies are “about ethnicity and racism.”
“All you need to do is hear what the President did this week to know this is not about immigration at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the town hall, which took place in her district in Queens, New York, CNN reported.
“Because once you start telling American citizens to quote ‘go back to your own countries,’ this tells you that this President’s policies are not about immigration, it’s about ethnicity and racism,” she continued.
The New York Democrat went on to slam the president over attacks he launched on Twitter last weekend, in which he told Ocasio-Cortez and three other congresswomen of color – Minnesota Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump’s handling of ‘send her back’ chant: ‘It’s Charlottesville 2.0’ Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not ‘lead people on’ MORE (D), Massachusetts Rep. Ayana Pressley (D) and Michigan Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump’s handling of ‘send her back’ chant: ‘It’s Charlottesville 2.0’ Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not ‘lead people on’ MORE (D) – to “go back” to their home countries.
Ocasio-Cortez called the president’s tweets his “biggest mistake,” saying his “biggest mistake was that he said the quiet part aloud.”
“Because we know that he’s been thinking this the entire time. But he’s been keeping it in here. And this week, it went out here. When he started telling American citizens — where are we going to go?” she continued.
“We’re going to stay right here, that’s where we’re going to go. We’re not going anywhere,” she added.
During the town hall, the congresswoman also spoke briefly about a meeting she has planned with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won’t watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) next week, in which the progressive lawmaker said the two will discuss immigration policy.
Ocasio-Cortez said the meeting is “to have a more open-ended conversation and see what we can do to come together on strategy.”