New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) addressed racism in the administration policies of President Donald Trump in a series of Twitter posts that quickly garnered attention online.
Many have stated any racist rhetoric by the President is a distraction to be ignored. AOC pointed out it is a distraction, but countering racism will never be unimportant.
In response to outcry over Vice President Mike Pence adding travel time and costs to his Ireland visit by staying at a Trump owned property, the freshman Congresswoman first posted:
Virtually every policy Trump pursues works to steal public money & personally enrich himself & his friends. 💰Gutti… https://t.co/sxKi1xjV8g— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567525101.0
Since corruption isn’t popular policy, racism works as the cover for the con. That’s why addressing racism isn’t a… https://t.co/HPIN3P2EkD— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567525690.0
For example: By rallying support for super racist immigration policies, (Muslim Ban, concentration camps,etc), sup… https://t.co/IIwKhd59j4— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567525960.0
The corruption of Trump - of many admins - wouldn’t be politically possible without relying on sympathy for racist… https://t.co/SjiooTBArL— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567526193.0
Beyond the moral wrong, racism is a powerful political tool used to dismantle public goods & civil rights. So long… https://t.co/UrQoRibx3e— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567528023.0
Representative Ocasio-Cortez is not the first or the only person to condemn the Trump family's profiting off the presidency.
Trump isn’t just “canceling military construction projects.” He’s literally taking jobs away from members of the US… https://t.co/r86lN4CS2p— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1567553821.0
@funder You call it "un-American," I call it CORRUPTION...— TsuNami - For The People (@TsuNami - For The People) 1567554941.0
The President has been referred to as Don the Con and his entire family, including in-laws, called grifters.
@AOC Yup.... We predicted this was the only reason he wanted to be POTUS was to change policies to make him rich a… https://t.co/73o0pzZY46— Genevieve (@Genevieve) 1567525237.0
@AOC Everything about @realDonaldTrump is a con. The only person he thinks about is himself, followed closely by... himself!— Dr Kat (@Dr Kat) 1567525183.0
@AOC Trump - The Presidential Con Job— Donald J. Trumptin (@Donald J. Trumptin) 1567525213.0
While some pointed to Trump backer and enablers in Congress as just as culpable.
@AOC Most Trump officials were trained in the Koch network. Please expose the man behind the curtain, not just the clown on the stage.— Frank Kashner (@Frank Kashner) 1567526322.0
@AOC Say it! Say it Loud! Keep Saying it until all those Racist Grifting Con Men & Women are Out of our House & Adm… https://t.co/W9nIKLG3eb— KP (@KP) 1567555298.0
@AOC That seems to be the main driver for the GOP, how to enrich oneself and how to con the constituents into think… https://t.co/4KDo0C9AGs— JA Canales (@JA Canales) 1567525566.0
People wondered if any administration had been as corrupt.
@AOC Has there ever been a more corrupt administration than Trump's??? It has always been all about Don the Con. T… https://t.co/ApnI9BMcu1— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1567527503.0
@AOC Well, to be fair, he takes money from the public coffers AND working families. Shouldn’t forget how many Ameri… https://t.co/8lbfvC4ed2— Albert Fox Cahn (@Albert Fox Cahn) 1567525247.0
@AOC most corrupt presidency ever— c lewis silberman (@c lewis silberman) 1567525144.0
@AOC https://t.co/1Gw3beILPI— c lewis silberman (@c lewis silberman) 1567526193.0
@AOC "Follow the money" has never been more true than with this corrupt lot.— Patrick (@Patrick) 1567525205.0
@AOC It's shocking that what many of us feared in 2015, a tRump administration using the offices to enrich his fami… https://t.co/x3kyKPotXU— Mike Evans マイケル 😷🌈 (@Mike Evans マイケル 😷🌈) 1567547062.0
People highlighted the new normal of working for or gaining a meeting with the current POTUS.
@EdwinShaffer7 @AOC @pulwama1990 And sign an NDA...— Nana Resists #iamthewhistleblower 🍊🌊❄🌈 (@Nana Resists #iamthewhistleblower 🍊🌊❄🌈) 1567538303.0
But many pointed out no one should be surprised given the Trump Organization's history of failing to pay creditors, employees, contractors and several charitable foundations shut down over charges of funneling money into their own coffers.
As AOC is a constant target of President Trump's Twitter tirades, it is difficult to say if he has seen or responded to her tweets.
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