Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez genuinely believes her election victory in arguably the most liberal district in America makes her story comparable to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
During a speech at Southwest Conference & Festivals on Saturday, the New York lawmaker spoke very highly of herself and her rise from being a bartender to a lawmaker.
The conversation began when host Briahna Gray asked about the documentary “Knock Down the House,” which details Ocasio-Cortez’s rise in the Democratic Party and what it means for the future of the country.
“Part of what happened last year was a crack in the system. Suddenly, a lot of other people said, ‘Wait a second, maybe I can do this too,’” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Then, her ego came out and she flat-out compared herself and her future goals to Martin Luther King Jr.
“History is often revisionist. Martin Luther King is cast as this angelic person that never made anyone mad and just asked for civil rights and got it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Unions were always seen as this great powerful thing that no one ever died for, [to get] a 40 hour work week and a weekend,” she added.
“We use cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude and we view ambition as youthful naivete. ‘Meh’ is worshiped now, for what?” she continued.
It’s unclear what she meant by “meh” and what that has to do with anything she was talking about.
But more importantly, that was also hardly the only controversial and mind-boggling comment she made on Saturday night.
When asked about Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hr, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that the U.S. is declining and that the current state of the country is “garbage” and not good enough.
“I think the thing that is really hard for people to sometimes see is that when we are on this path of a slow erosion and a slow, slow, slow, just like move away from what we’ve always been, we’ll be a hundred miles, you’ll, you know you won’t even realize that you’ve drifted a hundred miles,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“So, when someone’s talking about our core, it’s like oh this is radical, but this isn’t radical, this is what we’ve always been,” she added.
“It’s just that now we’ve strayed so far away from what has really made us powerful, and just, and good, and equitable, and productive, and so I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are but where we are is not a good thing,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
She concluded: “And this idea of like 10% better from garbage, is, shouldn’t be what we settle for, it’s like this like it feels like moderate is not a stance it’s just an attitude toward life of like, hmmm…”
Later in the event, the socialist lawmaker suggested that that former President Ronald Reagan had a “racist” vision of the nation that “pitted” white people against minorities in order “to screw over all working-class Americans.”
“One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans, is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez suggests President Ronald Reagan was racist and argues he "pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans to screw over all working-class Americans." pic.twitter.com/XCQZYwEIdf
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“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were ‘sucks’ on our country,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez continued, “And it’s this whole tragedy of the commons type of thinking where it’s like because these one, this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature. It gives people a logical reason, a ‘logical’ reason to say, ‘oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.'”