Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Fox News and primetime host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday after a guest on Carlson’s Tuesday night show argued that the cogresswoman’s New York district is “dirty” because of the “illegal aliens” who live there.
Seth Barron, a project director at the conservative Manhattan Institute, told Carlson that the Bronx-Queens congressional district is “occupied by relatively few American citizens” and claimed residents dump trash on the streets and “live in a lot of illegal spaces, like basements.”
Barron’s claims, which were widely condemned as racist, reflect Carlson’s own rhetoric, which has long focused on the destruction he claims undocumented and other immigrants are causing to the country.
The 30-year-old congresswoman revealed that she’s considered appearing on Fox, but hasn’t because of the “unmitigated racism” some of the network’s hosts promote “without any accountability.”
“I go back and forth on whether to go on Fox News,” Ocasio-Corteztweeted. “The main reason I haven’t is squaring the fact that the ad revenue from it bankrolls a white supremacist sympathizer to broadcast an hour-long production of unmitigated racism, without any accountability whatsoever.”