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    Ocasio-Cortez Riles Up Twitter With 'Racist Tropes' Talk Amid Omar Controversy

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    Ocasio-Cortez delivered her comments amid the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar, another Democratic congresswoman who earlier criticised pro-Israel lobby groups’ influence in the United States.

    US Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has caused a considerable stir on social media after she posted a series of tweets aimed at exposing “racist tropes”.

    Her remarks came following a controversy related to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar who last month criticised pro-Israel lobby groups’ influence in Washington, earning her the scorn of both US President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Commenting on a tweet about Rep. Steve Scalise suggesting that Omar should not be getting intelligence briefings, Ocasio-Cortez inquired why, “if we’re so concerned about implied tropes”, no concern was seemingly exhibited over 26 Democrats voting “for a GOP amendment to expand ICE powers rooted in the racist + false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than US born citizens”.

    ​She further insisted that the entire premise of Donald Trump’s wall along the border with Mexico “is a racist + non-evidence based trope that immigrants are dangerous”, and lamented the willingness of some Democrats to compromise “because we’ve accepted some kinds of racism as realpolitik in America”.

    ​But while Ocasio-Cortez claimed that “none of this is whataboutism”, not everyone seemed to be convinced by her reasoning.

    ​A number of people also seemed unamused by the congresswoman’s assessment of the “GOP amendment” she mentioned.


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