Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we need to double, triple or quadruple’ deradicalization programs

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Imagine advocating the “deradicalization” of Black Lives Matter activists, using taxpayer money. That is what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wants to do to white people whom she labels “white supremacists” — which is to say any white person who does not support her politics.

Speaking with supporters during a virtual town hall on Jan. 15, Ocasio-Cortez blamed recent violence at the U.S. Capitol on white supremacy instead of on election fraud that the crowd suspected was being certified within the Capitol.

Ocasio-Cortez was answering a question about how leftists should respond to the grievances of conservatives who were not part of the violence at the Capitol. Ocasio-Cortez warned that “this is a problem that doesn’t go away on Jan. 20,” and said it will require “many, many, many millions of hands” to help “pick up the pieces.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that during her time on the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties she heard about programs that “deradicalize white supremacists.” Ocasio-Cortez blamed President Donald Trump for “pulling the plug” on funding for such diversity programs.
“We need to double, triple or quadruple, or increase funding for these deradicalization programs en masse,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The previous week, Ocasio-Cortez had made the claim that all of Trump’s voters, and perhaps the entire Republican Party, is guilty of white supremacy.


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