In the interview, which aired on Sunday night, Ocasio-Cortez addressed accusations about using what some see as “politically dangerous tactics” to encourage primary challenges to some Democrats who have accepted corporate payments or who may oppose progressive policies.
“It’s absolutely risky! It requires risk to try something new,” Ocasio-Cortez told Cooper. “But also, we know so much of what we’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked, either.”
While Goldberg lauded the lawmaker, she also had a message for her: Don’t forget who came before you. She cited Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California as examples of Democrats who helped pave the way for Ocasio-Cortez.
“There are a whole bunch of people in the Democratic Party who have been busting their a**es to make sure that women get what they need, people get what they need, children get what they need,” Goldberg said. “You just got in there, and I know you’ve got lots of good ideas, but I would encourage you to sit still for a minute and learn the job.”
Goldberg said she likes the fact that Ocasio-Cortez is a “very opinionated woman” but doesn’t like her accusations that the Democratic Party has done nothing.
“You don’t have to be born into it. You don’t have to know it when you step out, but before you start pοοping on people and what they’ve done, you’ve got to do something too,” Goldberg said. “There is absolutely room for new energy, but you can’t pοοp on what was when you’re coming in on the shoulders of quite a few giants.”
Watch Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez give her thoughts on President Trump during the 60 Minutes interview:
Since her shocking primary victory last June, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not been shy about sharing ideas that some see as radical, from the Green New Deal to, more recently, proposing a 70 percent marginal tax rate for the wealthy. And on 60 Minutes Sunday night, she made another bold statement about whether or not she believes President Donald Trump is racist. When Anderson Cooper asked why Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t speak often about Trump, she referred to him a “symptom of a problem.” Ocasio-Cortez elaborated: “The president certainly didn’t invent racism, but he’s certainly given a voice to it, and expanded it, and created a platform for those things.” Then, when asked flat-out whether or not she believes Trump is racist, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Yeah, yeah. No question.” To explain her position she brought up the language Trump uses when speaking on the topic of race, the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., after which Trump said there were fine people on both sides, and his rhetoric concerning immigration. “When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident where neo-Nazis murdered a woman versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s night and day.” In a statement to 60 Minutes, the White House refuted Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that Trump is racist, stating that her “sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform.”
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