Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We Have to Make Sure We Get Our Facts Straight’

By Staff | January 10, 2019 | 10:03am EST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Getty Images/Rick Loomis)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program Tuesday night, accused President Donald Trump of expressing “falsehood after falsehood” in his Oval Office address to the nation in which he made his case for securing the southern border.

To apparently illustrate an unspecified Trump “falsehood,” Ocasio-Cortez said that “immigrants”—by whom she presumably meant illegal border crossers—“commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans.”

She also said “women and children” trying to illegally cross the border into the United States “are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out will ever be.”

The Border Patrol is responsible for preventing people—regardless of their age or sex—from illegally cross the U.S. border.

Here is the transcript of an excerpt from what Ocasio-Cortez’s said on Maddow’s show:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “… And not only that, but in the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood, and we have to make sure that we get our facts straight. Every day, immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans. And not only that, but the women and children on that border that are trying to seek refuge and seek opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”

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