Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., joined The Rachel Maddow Show following President Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night. The purpose was to allow Trump to make his argument to the American people for the need for a border wall, and he cited violent crimes and drug trafficking as two of the main reasons. Ocasio-Cortez, who recently said there’s “no question” Trump is racist, once again did not mince words when speaking about the president.
“In the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood, and we have to make sure we get the facts straight,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans.”
If Republicans thought women dancing in college is scandalous, wait till they find out women dance in Congress, too! 😉
Tonight we celebrated #Chanukah in community with @jfrejnyc & many others. It was a blast, and Rabbi Mia extended to me the honor of helping her light the Shamash - the servant candle that sparks the others. I’m so inspired by that idea, that each and every one of us can be a ‘shamash’ for our friends, family, and community. Let’s take that energy and light into the start of this coming week!
"No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice — one protected by the first amendment." - @ilhanmn, badass-elect, MN
Ilhan is my homie! 👯♀️ I’m so proud of her AND proud to support her as we bust down the doors to overturn the 181-year old House rule that says headscarves aren’t allowed in Congress.
This year, and with Ilhan’s leadership, we’re gonna flip the script and tell hijabi girls all over the world that they can run the board, fight for Medicare for All, and rock a nice headscarf if they please.
To learn more about the journey to change House rules, check today’s IG story where I link to @teenvogue’s article about it.
Today’s the day. To the countless supporters, door-knockers, organizers, small-dollar donors, and everyone in between - thank you.
This journey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding collective efforts I’ve ever been a part of. We haven’t just run a campaign - we created a movement in our own backyard. We built community. We centered issues that no one wanted to talk about. We uplifted our neighbors and discovered a level courage + friendship we never thought possible.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey and followed us along to this moment. No matter what happens, this is just a beginning. Let’s continue walking shoulder-to-shoulder in the advancement of economic, social, + racial justice in the United States of America.
We’re back out there hitting the streets and connecting with the community for November - come swing by our Queens & Bronx offices to pitch in!
Own your power.
For so many, it’s radical to feel comfortable in your own skin - and to know that you are more than enough, just as you are.
One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
So take up space. Speak up. Hold the door open and take others with you. Accept that you will be criticized no matter what - that is the price of fighting for change and innovation. I consider constructive criticism a blueprint for improvement and a medicine for ego.
Ultimately, the people who get down, stay focused in adversity, and do the thankless work of change are the ones who transform society. We can all be a part of that, if we so choose. We can all knock a door, register our cousin to vote, or educate ourselves on an issue we’re curious about.
We are all capable of awakening and commitment. And because of that, we can all be great.
Another day, another door 🚪
Passing the baton to @biaggi4ny for her NY primary on 9/13! ✨
☔️👧🏾: “I‘m going to vote for you!”
👩🏽💼: “Thank you so much! One day I will vote for you, too.”
IT’S OFFICIAL: OCASIO2018 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR NY-14! 🔥
This is what ~5,500 grassroots signatures, collected by 141 volunteer witnesses, held by 1 overwhelmingly grateful candidate at midnight looks like! 💪🏽💪🏽 #peoplepower
All weekend, high-priced opposition lawyers were crawling over our petitions to find any excuse to bump me off the ballot.
Ultimately, our grassroots 5X effort was too overwhelming. As of midnight last night, no objections were filed to our campaign for Congress.
Ocasio2018 is on the ballot for NY-14 all thanks to YOU. THANK YOU to our supporters, door knockers, petition captains, donors, prayer squads, EVERYONE who helped make this happen in all ways large and small.
Now it’s time to kick it into high gear. Join us in the Bronx THIS SAT for our organizing rally and Barnstorm. You are all officially invited - so you have no reason to say “I’ve never been to the Bronx” again! COMMIT NOW: LINK IN BIO.
Speechwriting on the 6 train.
2018 is finally here. For the next six months, we must work non-stop on this campaign.
Join us by making calls to Bronx and Queens voters this weekend. You can do it from anywhere, or even host a few friends and make it a party. RSVP now - link in bio. 📸: @josealvarado
Ocasio2018: Signing bills and asking questions since Pre-K 📝
In case you haven't heard, I've been nominated to run for office! U.S. Congress to be specific. Thank you all for the incredible support so far - we're going to need it for this wild ride to come. Special thanks to Rachel & Robin for giving me the honor of holding my first campaign baby and having him stuff a dandelion up my nose 🇺🇸 #brandnewcongress
Fam bam 🙌🏽
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“The majority of the reason that people are undocumented is visa overstay,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s not because people are crossing a border illegally. It is because of visa overstay which, mind you, he’s talking about legal immigration. He’s trying to restrict every kind of immigration there is in the United States.”
Ocasio-Cortez blamed Trump for the very problem he’s trying to fight, citing the separation of families at the border and his attempts to end the diversity visa lottery. “He’s fighting against almost every way people can actually legally enter this country, forcing them to become undocumented, and then he’s trying to attack their undocumented status. This is systematic. It is wrong and anti-American,” she said.