After Shootings, AOC Blasts GOP, Trump's 'White Supremacist Base'

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Posted: Aug 05, 2019 7:30 AM
After Shootings, AOC Blasts GOP, Trump's 'White Supremacist Base'

Source: AP Photo/Stephen Groves

Commenting on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said President Trump’s “white supremacist base” was a driving force behind the attacks.

“Video games aren’t causing mass shootings, white supremacy is,” she tweeted. “Sadly the GOP refuse to acknowledge that, bc their strategy relies on rallying a white supremacist base. That‘s why the President hosts stadiums of people chanting 'send her back'& targets Congress-members of color.”

The Democratic socialist was commenting on a Fox News clip with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy arguing that video games could be partly to blame.

"The idea that these video games that dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals," he said. "I've always felt that it's a problem for future generations and others. We've watched studies show what it does to individuals, and you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others.”

While the El Paso shooter had a manifesto that suggests his attack was politically and racially motivated against Hispanics, it seems Ocasio-Cortez was not aware of the identify of the Dayton shooter, who was a leftist that wanted socialism. His social media pages also indicated he sympathized with Antifa, disparaged Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and shared a list of people who worked for the agency. 

Many on social media were quick to call her out.