Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expounded upon her criticism that former President Donald Trump was “fascist” by saying there is “a lot of fascist sympathizing” within the Republican Party.
Mehdi Hasan argued during the opening monologue of his new MSNBC weekend program that “journalists should have a bias, a bias toward democracy” and asked the New York Democrat whether she would be willing to extend the “F-word” beyond Trump to the Republican Party at large after watching the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
“I do think that [there are] fascistic tendencies, and we certainly saw a lot of fascist sympathizing,” she said.
“One thing that I do think is very important to acknowledge is that American white supremacy is very different and unique to just the kind of, you know, comparisons to fascism, historical comparisons to fascism in the past,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “You know, white supremacy is very much its own power relationship, and I would argue that that is a larger, you know, that more largely informs the current power structures and struggles with democracy that we currently have.”
Ocasio-Cortez previously said members of the GOP were enabling white supremacy during a Jan. 27 broadcast of All in with Chris Hayes, which also airs on MSNBC.
“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,” she said.
The legislator from New York has previously expressed positive views toward some Nazi sympathizers. When Trump compared Ocasio-Cortez to Eva Peron, the wife of Argentine President Juan Peron, who was better known as “Evita,” the lawmaker responded by quoting the Nazi sympathizer favorably.
“I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have,” she tweeted, a quote from Peron.
Trump’s CPAC speech, which was panned by liberal political pundits, including Hasan, marked the former president’s first return to the political arena since he departed the White House on Jan. 20.