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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says "no question" that Trump is racist

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said she believes there is "no question" that President Trump is racist, citing his response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in 2017 as well as his day-to-day rhetoric in an interview with Anderson Cooper for CBS' "60 Minutes."

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez added, "The president certainly didn't invent racism, but he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things." The White House brushed off her assertions in a response to "60 Minutes," highlighting Trump's criminal justice reform package and stating that the president "has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms."

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