; shown) claimed that many Trump supporters fail to recognize the allegedly “racist” nature of the policies they support because they are inadequately educated on racism.
“It’s not about asking are Trump voters racist,” the lawmaker said. “We need to talk about racism, not racists. Racist—it’s a very two-dimensional, boring conversation. Is something racist? Yes or no.”
According to Ocasio-Cortez, the coalition of voters that elected President Donald Trump includes many racists, who in turn persuaded non-racists to support the president without them realizing the racial implications of the Trump agenda.
“We need to talk about racism, its contours, its histories, where it manifests, how it’s used. Because like all winning political phenomena, whether they’re good or bad in your opinion, they rely on coalition building."