Actor James Woods, known for being one of Hollywood’s few outspoken Conservatives, took issue with representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bashing of Ronald Reagan in a recent interview.
As reported by chicksonright.com
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined a bunch of other Democrats at the SXSW Festival in Austin this weekend. And as we reported earlier, one of the targets she bashed during her interview session at the conference was Ronald Reagan.
“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what [Reagan] was really trying to talk about was…this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were ‘sucks’ on our country.”
Fox News also reported on the divisive comments:
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed political moderates at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, calling their views “misplaced” as she defended her progressive politics in a room full of supporters.
“Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” the New York Democrat said Saturday during an interview with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor for the Intercept. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”
The self-declared Democratic socialist also criticized the treatment of minorities throughout American history, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s policies, which she said “pitted” white working class people against minorities in order “to screw over all working-class Americans,” particularly African-Americans and Hispanics.
“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were ‘sucks’ on our country,” she said.
“And it’s this whole tragedy of the commons type of thinking where it’s like because … this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “It gives people a logical reason, a ‘logical’ reason to say, ‘Oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.'”
Other topics Ocasio-Cortez discussed included the Green New Deal and capitalism, which she said could not be redeemed because it puts profit “above everything else.”
“The most important thing is the concentration of capital, and it means that we prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else, and we seek it at any human and environmental cost… But when we talk about ideas like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first; it doesn’t mean that the actual concept of capitalistic society should be abolished,” she said.
Did AOC flat out called Reagan a racist and accused him of pitting the working class white against the working class of color?
This statement showed that she knows nothing about Reagan in the least.
She also went on to refer to America right now as “garbage.”
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggests America is “garbage” pic.twitter.com/Km584Rr2qa
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 9, 2019
Woods had a response for AOC that destroyed her comments.
Choosing a quote by the former president himself, and the very individual that Ocasio-Cortez was bashing:
Reagan: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so… pic.twitter.com/O2nJ7QsYfT
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 10, 2019
Fox News had more on the comment:
This week on the new liberal playground, SXSW in Austin, freshman Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., threw sand in the eyes of capitalism while continuing her sing-song of socialism. Amongst those in the crosshairs of her juvenile rantings were our 32nd president, FDR, a Democrat who authored the New Deal, and our 40th President – Ronald Reagan – who was criticized for “screwing over working class Americans.”
While you have to admire her spunk and passion, perhaps it would benefit Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to check her facts, listen more, talk less and learn from those who have gone before her – including the widely beloved and admired Ronald Reagan. He not only inspired our nation, but in many ways changed the world. That’s quite a resume for her, a rookie, to be taking a swing at.
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