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House Democrats called out the chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Friday for previously claiming an openly LGBT Native American congresswoman was enabling racism by not supporting a radical immigration bill.
Saikat Chakrabarti, a former Silicon Valley executive who is now Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide, took to social media last month to air his frustration with moderate Democrats for forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to abandon a $4.6 billion emergency border appropriation favored by progressives.
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In a series of tweets, Chakrabarti likened the moderates to old Southern Democrats, many of whom were avowed segregationists.
Chakrabarti stood by the comparison even when a progressive activist noted Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), the first openly LGBT Native American woman elected to Congress, was on side of the moderates that wavered on the appropriation.
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“I think the point still stands. I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system. And the same could even be said of the Southern Democrats,” Chakrabarti said. “I don’t believe Sharice is a racist person, but her votes are showing her to enable a racist system.”
Even though Breitbart News and many other outlets reporting on the controversial comments at the time, neither Ocasio-Cortez or the House Democrats Caucus acknowledged Chakrabarti may have crossed a line. The situation, however, changed on Friday after Ocasio-Cortez accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
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