In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s frightening event in Greenville this week, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — one of the targets of the recent racist attacks by Trump and his supporters — responded last night at an event in Maryland. Reporter Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters, filed this story:
At rally in Silver Spring, Ocasio-Cortez stands her ground
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at President Trump on Thursday night, proclaiming in a speech in Silver Spring that she and other newly elected female lawmakers have no intention of stepping back from policy debates — or returning to the land of their ancestors.
Speaking to a large, jubilant crowd of left-leaning activists in Silver Spring, Ocasio-Cortez borrowed language from the president’s recent, racially charged tweet, a post that has kept the New York Democrat and several of her colleagues at the center of intense media coverage for several days.
After name-checking the other members of “the squad” — the four freshman lawmakers targeted by Trump — the New York Democrat pledged the quartet intends to stand their ground.
“It has taken us 240 years for us to have this unique composite of a Congress in this moment — and we will not go back,” she said to sustained cheers and applause.
“We will go not back to the days of injustice,” she continued. “We will not give back our rights. We will not deny our own humanity at the border. We will not go back. … And we sure as hell will not stand still.”
On Sunday, Trump on Twitter encouraged Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshman Democrats — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — to “go back,” a presumed reference to the homeland of their ancestors. (Three of the lawmakers were born in the United States; Omar is from Somalia.)
Thousands of people who attended a Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday adopted the message, chanting “send her back,” as the president adopted a look of approval.
Ocasio-Cortez made her remarks at a rally organized by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) to benefit Democracy Summer Maryland, a political organizing program for young people that the lawmaker began seven years ago when he served in the state legislature.
More than 700 people attended the event, which was held at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Some were turned away due to space constraints. Many of those who attended arrived early, despite intense heat, with the line stretching down the block and around the corner.
The big turnout and security presence were testimony to the strong following the former bartender from the Bronx has generated — and the element of curiosity that surrounds her. Read more