Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hinted that she thinks the U.S. might not even have a democracy in ten years due to Republicans and “white nationalists” and blamed the surge in crime on the expiration of tax breaks on children.
Speaking to The New Yorker about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in an interview released Monday, the New York Democrat said: “The infrastructure plan, if it does what it’s meant to do, politicians will take charge of it in ten years, if we even have democracy in ten years.
Asked if she thinks there will be no democracy in the country in 10 years, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I think there is a very real risk that we will not have it. What we risk is having a government that may be positioning itself as a democracy and may try to pretend that it is, but it is not.”
While the 32-year-old congresswoman said the US is not “hopeless,” she added: “You have a very targeted, specific attack on the right to vote in the United States, especially in areas where Republican power is threatened by changing electorates and demographics. You have a white-nationalist, reactionary policy that is gaining critical mass. What we have is an ongoing sophisticated takeover of our democratic systems to turn them into undemocratic systems, all in order to undo results that the ruling party might not like.”
Ocasio-Cortez predicted a possible return to the Jim Crow era.
Speaking to The New Yorker about the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the New York Democrat said, “The infrastructure plan, if it does what it’s meant to do, politicians will take charge of it in ten years, if we even have a democracy in ten years.” from now on’
Ocasio-Cortez said she’s not interested in “looking down the navel” to find out which Republicans share her concerns about democracy “because, at the end of the day, they all make the same decisions.”
“I think we will be like ourselves. I think we’ll go back to Jim Crow. I think that’s what we’re risking,” she said. “This is already happening in Texas, where Jim Crow-style disenfranchisement laws have already been proposed.”
Texas passed an election security bill in 2021, as did 18 other GOP-led states.
She then mentioned a riot against critical race theory in the schools.
“You have a total erasure and attack on our own understanding of history, replacing the teaching of history with institutionalized white nationalist propaganda in our schools. That’s what the Jim Crow forests were.”
She also noted that the government “contributed” to the rise in crime by allowing the child tax credit to expire.
“We don’t want to say some things that are obvious, like, that’s it, the baby tax credit just ended on December 31st and now people are stealing baby food,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“We don’t want this discussion. Do we want to say that these people are criminals, or do we want to talk about “violent people” and not about “violent environments” and what we are doing to promote it or destroy it.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she’s not interested in “bellybuttoning” to find out which Republicans share her fears about democracy “because, at the end of the day, they all make the same decisions.”
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez predicted that in 12 years, the planet might not even exist, let alone democracy.
“The world will end in 12 years if we don’t solve climate change,” she said in an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates at an MLK event in 2019. It was the same interview in which she said that the US economic system was “immoral” because it allowed billionaires to exist.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez complained that progressives were forced to go along with passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill separate from the president’s Better Recovery Act because Biden needed a “victory.”
“The president is under enormous pressure from the media. There is an idea that the president cannot “get things done” and that his presidency is in danger. This is what I consider just a lot of sensationalism, ”she said.
“So I’m sitting there in a group with some of the most powerful people in the country and talking about how if we pass infrastructure legislation right now, that’s something the president can campaign for. The American people will give him credit for this. He can win his presidency on this one. If we do not accept it now, then we have endangered democracy itself,” she added.