Hot Take: After Lindsey Graham Called Her a Communist, AOC Says the Label Is a Tool for White Supremacy

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses The Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has officially added another word to the her “this is code for white supremacy” list: “Communist.”


Conveniently, she came up with this definition after being called a communist by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) earlier this week.

On Monday, I wrote about the interview Graham did on Fox News in which he was asked his thoughts about Trump’s controversial tweets from Sunday on the so-called “Squad” of AOC, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

Graham said this in response:

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling guards along our border — the Border Patrol agents — concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for ‘the Benjamins.’ They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America. Don’t get down. Aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies.”

In yet another attempt at shaming into silence those who have the audacity to criticize Her Highness, Ocasio-Cortez posted her take on the word “communist” on her Twitter feed earlier today:


Where did this super-duper flaming hot take come from? The Nation writer Jeet Heer:

Where did Heer get it from? Probably Bree Newsome, the militant social justice warrior who climbed up the flagpole at South Carolina’s statehouse to remove the Confederate flag not long after the mass murder of the Emanuel 9 by a white supremacist in June 2015:

No matter who distorted the definition of the word in decades past, the definition of communism is clear.

Newsome was corrected in the comments by numerous people:


Setting the record straight did not faze Newsome at all. Nor will it for AOC and Heer. The idea is to completely redefine the word – just like the activst left have redefined words like “racist” and “sexist” and “homophobe” to mean “person who dares to disagree with me.”

AOC is actually naive enough to think people will stop calling her a communist/socialist now that she’s provided an, ahem, alternative definition for the word. I hope she continues to think that.

And I also hope she and the rest of her “Squad” continue to keep talking. They have helped expose the radical extremism of the Democratic party better than any Republican ever could.

— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –


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