Ocasio-Cortez just hammered Trump for promoting anti-Muslim hate in wake of New Zealand mosque massacre

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In the wake of last night’s horrifying massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to Twitter to share some words of solidarity and condolences — and to hit back at a president who was cited as an inspiration for the shooter for being “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

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In a series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez rightfully slammed the president for spreading Islamophobia and inciting hatred against immigrants through his racist travel ban against Muslims from certain countries and for defunding the federal programs that focused on stopping the spread of white supremacy and monitoring white supremacist groups.

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Since taking office, the Trump team has slashed the Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships’ budget to one-seventh of its original $21 million and cut its workforce in half — not to mention actively promoting Islamophobic conspiracy theories and white nationalist rhetoric, smearing immigrants, and going out of its way to avoid condemning white supremacist groups and the hate crimes they commit.

Since Trump took office and began implementing his hateful policy agenda, hate crimes against people of color have skyrocketed as the right-wing media machine took off their hoods and kicked their white nationalist propaganda into overdrive.  He and all of his enablers bear a heavy responsibility for normalizing and promoting the kind of hate that leads to these massacres, and it’s inspiring to see one of our Congresspeople brave enough to call him out on it.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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