Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Legitimate White Supremacist Sympathizers Sit at Heart and Core of Republican Caucus’

By Craig Bannister | January 28, 2021 | 10:40am EST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) answers to “legitimate White supremacist sympathizers” in the House Republican Caucus, Democrat “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed Wednesday.

Last term, the Republican Caucus was made up of “cowards” and supporters of Pres. Donald Trump – but, now it’s run by “White Supremacist sympathizers” who sit at its heart and core, Ocasio-Cortez charged in an interview on MSNBC:

"That difference was that it really felt that, last term, the Republican Caucus was one of extreme fealty to Donald Trump. There were some that were true believers, others that simply remained quiet out of cowardice and out of fear of the president's retribution."

"But this term, there are legitimate White supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives.”

Conflating White supremacists with QAnon conspiracy supporters, Ocasio-Cortez accused Rep. McCarthy of indulging “White supremacist vitriol coming from his own members”:

“And when you see someone like the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, of the Republican Party, respond to White supremacist vitriol coming from his own members, not with censure like they did with Representative Steve King of Iowa, not with, you know, being stripped of committees, not with any consequence, you have to wonder who actually has that power.

“And it increasingly seems, unfortunately, that in the House Republican Caucus, Kevin McCarthy answers to these QAnon members of Congress, not the other way around. And that is something, frankly, that needs to be said."

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