Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a press conference at Corona Plaza in Queens on April 14, 2020 in New York City. Ocasio-Cortez was joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the conference, where both called for the Federal Emergency Management Administration to fund funeral costs in low-income communities of color during the ongoing amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Blames Riots on Healthcare and Housing Costs

In a video message posted to Instagram Saturday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed healthcare and housing costs for the looting and destruction that was perpetrated by opportunistic rioters over the weekend.

“If you are calling for an end to this unrest, but you are not calling for an end to the conditions that created the unrest, you are a hypocrite,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the post.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reminds you to never let a good crisis go to waste:

“If you’re trying to call for an end to the unrest, but you don’t believe healthcare is a human right; if you’re afraid to say [that] ‘Black Lives Matter’; if you’re too scared to call out police brutality, then you aren’t asking for an end to the unrest; you are asking for injustice to continue and for your people to continue to endure the violence of poverty, the violence of lack of housing access, the violence of police brutality and not say a damn thing. That’s what you’re asking for.”

“So if you’re out here asking for an end to the unrest, you better be asking for healthcare as a human right; you better be calling for accountability in our policing; you better be supporting community review boards; you better be supporting the end of housing discrimination; you better be standing up to for-profit real estate developers that are intimidating people and trying to evict them from their homes; that’s what you better be calling for.”

As you might imagine, WIBC Tony Katz took a different view. Click below to hear his response.

https://omny.fm/shows/tony-katz-and-the-morning-news/0835-tony-katz-segment

(Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

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