‘How can we take seriously anything she says about the environment when this is her congressional district?’
(Liberty Headlines) A day after Fox News’s Tucker Carlson aired a segment describing her congressional district as “filled with garbage,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez criticized the network on Wednesday for airing “unmitigated racism” with no accountability.
She tweeted Wednesday that describing immigrants as dirty is a “lazy, tired, racist trope.”
“Immigrants are dirty” is a lazy, tired, racist trope.
Secondly, environmental injustice is a major motivation as to why we introduced and wrote the Green New Deal the way we did in the first place.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 11, 2019.
The liberal New York Democrat’s outlandish rhetoric has made her a frequent target of Fox News Channel’s opinion hosts. Carlson, in particular, has lambasted Ocasio–Cortez for proposing a “Green New Deal” of environmental legislation, estimated to cost some $70 trillion and impact the day-to-day lifestyles of all Americans from diets to modes of transportation.
On Tuesday’s show, Carlson said Ocasio–Cortez’s district in the New York City borough of Queens is “filled with garbage, litter and trash piled in public places” and is plagued by homelessness.
As he spoke, the screen filled with pictures of overflowing trash bags on sidewalks and a half-filled water bottle leaning against a curb.
“It’s not that hard to pick up garbage off the street of your own congressional district,” Carlson said. “How can we take seriously anything she says about the environment when this is her congressional district? She should be ashamed of this.”
Carlson interviewed a guest, Seth Barron, an editor of the City Journal, who described Ocasio–Cortez’s district as the “least American” in the country, “occupied by relatively few American citizens” and high percentage of people who came to the country illegally.
Barron said people are crammed into illegal living spaces producing a lot of garbage that landlords don’t want to dispose of normally, so a lot ends up in the street.
“It can be a little gross,” Barron said.
Rather than acknowledge the litter problem in her own district and devise an improvement plan, the “Squad” member deflected from the issue by dropping the race card—twice—in her Twitter stream.
It is a common strategy for the second-generation Puerto Rican, who—despite a privileged middle-class upbringing in a comfortably affluent Bronx neighborhood, has been known to invoke her identity as a person of color at every turn.
Ocasio–Cortez’s congressional office did not respond directly to Carlson’s commentary on Wednesday. But she retweeted a clip of the segment saying that she goes back and forth on whether she should make appearances on Fox News.
“The main reason I haven’t is squaring the fact that the ad revenue from it bankrolls a white supremacist sympathizer to broadcast an hour-long production of unmitigated racism, without any accountability whatsoever,” she wrote.
Ocasio–Cortez has regularly targeted Fox with similar accusations, as she has with other media outlets when subjected to criticism. Her Twitter page also had pinned to the top a May 29 tweet from a left-wing activist group that accused Fox News of racism for supporting right-wing perspectives.
It invoked another frequent trope deployed by race-baiting leftists who claim that the use of coded “dog whistle” language allows the network to signal its nefarious, hidden intentions to viewers without explicitly stating them.
Fox News shows have been using white supremacist language. Here’s how:pic.twitter.com/TsWbVoMSca
— manny (@mannyfidel) May 29, 2019
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press