AOC Brings Up Trump’s Sexual Assault Allegations After Racist Tweet



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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not only calling out Trump for his recent racist tweet but is reminding him – and the world – of his sexual assault allegations for good measure.

“Hey Mr. President, remember when you bragged about sexually assaulting women, talking about feeling their breasts and genitals, because ‘when you’re a star they let you do it?’ And then you imposed DOE policies to make it harder for sexual assault survivors to report an assault?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet Tuesday, referring to the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood video that surfaced during the 2016 campaign in which Trump is heard saying he was able to grab women “by the p****” because he was famous. Trump later apologized referring to it as “locker room banter.”

Last weekend, Trump tweeted that congresswomen AOC,  Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should all “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

Though he doesn’t call them out by name, the four congresswomen of color felt the tweet was directed at them. However, all four congresswomen are U.S. citizens and all were born in the U.S. except for Omar who is originally from Somalia, from which she fled as a refugee to settle in the states.

In her tweet directed at Trump yesterday, AOC was referring to new rules unveiled by the Department of Education in November that narrowed the definition of sexual misconduct on college campuses. CNN reports that the definition of sexual harassment is now the “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.” The new policy is a departure from the Obama administration’s broader definition of sexual harassment as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.”
Trump defended his racist tweet aimed at the congresswomen on Tuesday morning by tweeting that he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body. But once again, AOC wasn’t here for it. She fired back by saying, “You’re right, Mr. President — you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest. That’s why you violate the rights of children and tell the Congresswoman who represents your home borough, to ‘go back to my country.'”
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday after claiming the tweet wasn’t racist, Trump said: “If you’re not happy here, then you can leave.” AOC then tweeted that she and those who also agree with his sentiments have no intention of doing that.
“Donald Trump has decided he does not want to be President of the United States. He does not want to be a President to those who disagree,” AOC writes in her tweet. “And he’d rather see most Americans leave than handle our nation’s enshrined tradition of dissent. But we don’t leave the things we love.”
In the wake of his tweet, #gobackwhereyoucamefrom began trending but it’s voices of power like AOC’s that shift the narrative away from his racist rhetoric.

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