Progressive Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) think they must “destroy American conservatism” by “destroying” the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan in order to win back the White House in 2020, presidential historian and Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley said Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
The Democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez is one of the Left’s fastest rising stars. She went after Reagan during an event at the South By Southwest event in Austin, Texas, over the weekend.
The congresswoman somehow decided to claim that Reagan’s policies “pitted” white, working-class Americans against African-Americans and Hispanics.
“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what [Reagan] was really trying to talk about was … this, like, really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were ‘sucks’ on our country,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“It gives people a logical reason, a ‘logical’ reason to say, ‘Oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net,’” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Shirley and Ocasio-Cortez got into a Twitter spat as the historian defended Reagan and his policies on Monday.
“There is no evidence that @AOC ever picked up a book on President Reagan, so she would not know he received over 43 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1980,” Shirley tweeted on Monday. “There is no evidence that @AOC ever picked up a book on President Ronald Reagan, so she would not know the @washingtonpost and the @NYT wrote lengthy articles exposing the massive corruption of the Welfare Queen of Chicago, Linda Taylor, to whom Reagan was referring.”
“There is no evidence that @AOC ever picked up a book on President Ronald Reagan. So she would not know that Reagan’s economic policies did more for African-Americans and Hispanics than any other president in U.S. history,” Shirley added, along with several other tweets.
— Craig Shirley (@CraigSBPA) March 11, 2019
The congresswoman replied to Shirley on Twitter.
“Ok great, now talk about Reagan and: Iran-Contra + The gutting of our mental health system + The explosion of homelessness under his watch + The crack epidemic … Maybe instead of insinuating I’ve never read a book, be open …