Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, speaks during South by Southwest on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Mercedes Schlapp on Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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(Brian Kilmeade) I just want you to hear Alexander Ocasio Cortez’s take on what Ronald Reagan has done to this country cut 5.

(Audio clip- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)) I think a perfect example of how special interest and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to screw over all working-class Americans // is Reaganism in the 80s when he started talking about welfare queens // he was painting this photo, he was painting this really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were sucks on our country right? // that’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature.

(Brian Kilmeade) Do you characterize the Reagan years as that way?

(Mercedes Schlapp) Well I’m really not quite sure which history books Ocasio Cortez is reading because I listened to her and I just I’m I’m speechless, quite frankly Brian because when you look at the Reagan era which was when America was at one of its points when it was at its strongest point from an economic standpoint it was a moment that we ended the Cold War that President Reagan spoke about this greatness of America the fact that he did uplift so many Americans out of economic distress in a moment in time that we needed that. It’s like she just clearly doesn’t understand really truly the difference between even free market capitalism versus socialism. I mean she was trying to describe capitalism for example and talked about you know gaining capital and her definition was just didn’t make any sense from an economic standpoint. So for me I just listened to her and sometimes I wish that she would step back and learn and listen more than speak. She’s one of these typical politicians that thinks that she knows it all. And if she were to step back and learn the true, first of all, history, will start by there. Secondly the economic realities of what works and what doesn’t work, i..e. Capitalism versus socialism Americanism versus failed states that have applied socialism then I would hope that she could understand why America is so unique and why you know why we as Americans just live in a very special place because we’ve been one of the most successful stories in the world. So again I find it Brian to be just discouraging when I listen to her rant and rave about explaining her sense of history lessons, she should probably just read your books. I think that’s a good place to start.

(Brian Kilmeade) I think that’s good for any American

“No. I mean I am very happy in my current position. I’m not looking to move or change jobs. I have such a phenomenal team we honed in on the strategic communications piece of it. And again you know there will be big shoes to fill for whoever takes it but I am not interested in moving into that role.”

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