Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: ‘One of Our Lead Cooks Brought Himself Back to Mexico Because He Was So Scared’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 9, 2019 | 9:26 AM EST

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.) appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC after President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address last night and accused the president of causing “dysfunction” in the restaurant industry where she used to work before becoming a congressional candidate.

“I was working in restaurants just a year ago,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And when the president first assumed office with his -- with his racist and violent rhetoric, people started to send themselves home.”

“When those people start to go home, local or rather go back to their countries which they originated from because many of them consider the United States their home, those places, they go into dysfunction,” she said.

“I remember one of our lead cooks brought himself back to Mexico because he was so scared of the president’s rhetoric,” she said. “We had an insane amount of dysfunction.”

Here is an excerpt from Maddow’s interview with Ocasio-Cortez in which Ocasio-Cortez talks about President Trump’s rhetoric causing dysfunction in the restaurant industry:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

“I can tell you a very personal story. And as many people know, I was working in restaurants just a year ago. And when the president first assumed office with his -- with his racist and violent rhetoric, people started to send themselves home. And as we know, in restaurants, hospitality, every American eats if you can, if you`re lucky enough or we`re able to eat three times a day.

"And that means we interact with the people who prepare our food three times a day. When those people start to go home, local or rather go back to their countries which they originated from because many of them consider the United States their home, those places, they go into dysfunction.

"I remember one of our lead cooks brought himself back to Mexico because he was so scared of the president`s rhetoric. We had an insane amount of dysfunction.

"We`re talking about local restaurants. We`re talking about local businesses. We`re talking about shuttering neighborhoods. And we`re talking about people feeling unsafe.

"And no one should feel unsafe in the United States of America. And that includes our amazing and beautiful and productive immigrant community.

"And when the president first assumed office with his -- with his racist and violent rhetoric, people started to send themselves home. And as we know, in restaurants, hospitality, every American eats if you can, if you`re lucky enough or we`re able to eat three times a day.

"And that means we interact with the people who prepare our food three times a day. When those people start to go home, local or rather go back to their countries which they originated from because many of them consider the United States their home, those places, they go into dysfunction.

"I remember one of our lead cooks brought himself back to Mexico because he was so scared of the president`s rhetoric. We had an insane amount of dysfunction.

"We`re talking about local restaurants. We`re talking about local businesses. We`re talking about shuttering neighborhoods. And we`re talking about people feeling unsafe.

"And no one should feel unsafe in the United States of America. And that includes our amazing and beautiful and productive immigrant community.

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