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.”
Video games aren’t causing mass shootings, white supremacy is.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 4, 2019
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. https://t.co/8F51h46bOO
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.
In May, a gunman in VA killed 12 people. White nationalist? No, black municipal worker.— Alex Lekas (@TheAlexLekas) August 4, 2019
In June, five shot to death in San Jose. White nationalist?
Also June, five more shot to death in Washington state. Nationalists? No, Indians.
Stop saying stupid things.
You were saying only the other day that anyone who imagined themselves marginalized had no choice but to be violent. You might really want to sit this one out and go back to figuring out how to make rice.— Rachel ???????? (@RaychelTania) August 4, 2019
That’s quite enough bigotry from you, Congresswoman.— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 4, 2019
Describing Trump’s support as a “white supremacists” is a horrible slur, and by your standards, constitutes incitement to violence against Trump supporters.
Last time I checked, the real targeting of Congress members was by the Bernie supporter who open fired on Republican representatives because of the same dangerous rhetoric you’re using today.— Ashley StClair ???? (@stclairashley) August 4, 2019
The Ohio shooter was one of yours should we start blaming you!?— #SocialMovement (@SocialMovement5) August 5, 2019