“She’s trying to play identity politics,” DeSantis said. “I don’t care whether she’s Puerto Rican, whether she’s Anglo-Saxon. I don’t care whether she’s an Eskimo. Socialism doesn’t work, and it’s wrong.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who upset longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th District Democratic primary last month, describes herself as a democratic socialist.
DeSantis raised eyebrows with his description of Ocasio-Cortez at a recent campaign speech in which he said: “You look at this girl, Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, saying: “I am a Puerto Rican woman. It’s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María. But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments!”
During Wednesday’s television interview, DeSantis, whose candidacy has been endorsed by President Trump, expressed bewilderment that he had come under fire for calling Ocasio-Cortez “this girl.” He noted that she had used the term herself during a recent interview on “The Late Show,” telling host Stephen Colbert that Trump wouldn’t know “how to deal with a girl from the Bronx.”
“So this is just political correctness run amok,” DeSantis said.
He said that Ocasio-Cortez is trying to generate a controversy “to obscure scrutiny on her views, which are socialist and they’re wrapped in ignorance.”
DeSantis also knocked Ocasio-Cortez for recent comments that Israel is “occupying” Palestinian territories and that the unemployment rate is low because people are working multiple jobs.
“In Florida, we have more people probably than any other state who have fled socialism, places like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua,” DeSantis said. “We understand socialism doesn’t work.”