Anderson Cooper left many 60 Minutes viewers frustrated Sunday night after he asked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) if she believes President Donald Trump is a racist.
The exchange went as follows:
Cooper: “You don’t talk about President Trump very much. Why?”
AOC: “No, because I think he’s a symptom of a problem.”
Cooper: “What do you mean?”
AOC: “The president certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and given a platform to those things.”
Cooper: “Do you believe President Trump is a racist?”
AOC: “Yeah, yeah. No question.”
Cooper’s questionable response:
“How can you say that?”
To which Ocasio-Cortez replied:
“When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at the way he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking refuge on our borders… it’s night and day.”
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 7, 2019
Twitter pummeled Cooper for his apparent obliviousness to Trump’s evident racial animus.
“There is no debate,” Matt McDermott said.
This is a pretty weird exchange.
Yes, of course Donald Trump is a racist.
There is absolutely no debate to be had. pic.twitter.com/riVmDAuOAg
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 7, 2019
He was not alone.
We all need to agree to a set of facts.
That Donald Trump is a racist is a fact.
If the media wants to ask Democrats a question about Trump’s racism, try: “How will you be able to negotiate immigration legislation with a President who is inherently racist?”
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 7, 2019
Thank you. I was yelling at the tv during that exchange. Simply asking that question serves to normalize 45’s racism. Shame on Anderson
— Jessica Porter (@snakehairlady) January 7, 2019
So do they literally need to see him with a hood on? I'm just trying to understand…
— Monica Vanzant (@TheVanzantBrush) January 7, 2019
Anderson: Do you believe the earth is round?
AOC: Yeah. Yeah. No question.
Anderson: How can you say that?
— Ricardo Puentes (@ricardopuentes) January 7, 2019
Really Anderson???! Really?????!!!!
— Lord K!W (@LordKW4) January 7, 2019
From the Central Park Five to birtherism, to chiding Mexicans as rapists and criminals during his presidential campaign kickoff speech, not to mention his history of refusing to rent apartments to black people, Trump’s wake of racist behavior is no secret.
For the umpteenth time… Central Park 5. He refused to rent to African Americans.. this all happened long before he became POTUS*. He has always been & will always be racist! And Anderson Cooper should know this! SHAME ON HIM!
— ((( joyce ))) (@joycefromli) January 7, 2019
He launched his political career with birtherism in 2011, and labeling Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists in 2016. No question.
— PDG887 (@PDG887) January 7, 2019
Trump is a "situational racist." If a member of a minority group will praise him without end or reason, he accepts that one member of the minority group. If hate-mongering against the same group works for him politically, he hate-mongers.
— @nycScottRose (@nycscottrose) January 7, 2019
Trump and his father were investigated by the Nixon White House for housing discrimination against minority tenants. He stridently called for the execution of the Central Park Five – who turned out to be innocent. Of course he’s racist.
— Cheryl Claypoole (@cclaypoole) January 7, 2019
Also, Trump (and Melania) were a force behind birtherism. It was and continues to be despicable they way he treats Obama. And let's not forget the Central Part Five, whom Trump wrongfully condemned in a full page ads. He has never apologized for either of these things.
— Linda Michel-Cassidy (@lmichelcassidy) January 7, 2019
"…has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms." And, despite his 40+ year reputation as a liar and con man, Donald Trump has sincerely meant every word he has ever spoken on every other matter. He would never say only what he knows people want to hear. NOT.
— Reality Monger / #ProtectMueller (@MikeFreethinker) January 7, 2019
The White House responded by calling Ocasio-Cortez’s comments “sheer ignorance” because Trump recently signed a criminal justice reform bill into law last month which eases mandatory minimum sentences and attempts to reduce recidivism in the federal prison system.