Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is facing more criticism over controversial comments where she said that some communities, including those in the United States, had “no choice” but to riot.
She made the comments during a radio show on New York’s Hot 97 on Tuesday while discussing the conflict over the state of Israel.
“Once you have a group that is marginalized,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot.”
She then extended her comments to include other communities, including some in the United States.
“I’m not even talking about Palestinians,” she added. “I’m talking about communities in poverty in the United States, I’m talking about Latin America, I’m talking about all over the world.”
Some on social media remarked that it was tone-deaf for the Democratic socialist to be sympathizing with rioting after her comments were quoted in the manifesto of an Antifa domestic terrorist who attacked ICE detention centers.
She went on to claim that “social destabilization is what happens when people do not have a plan or feel like there’s no vision for their future.”
Ocasio-Cortez was criticized on Tuesday for voicing agreement with a radio host who blamed the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis on “white supremacist Jews.”
Here’s the entire radio interview:
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