(VitalNews.org) – Progressive Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.) was caught in her own trap on Twitter when she invited Ted Cruz to discuss the historical differences between the Democratic and Republican parties.
Cruz, a Republican Senator from Texas, reminded Ocasio-Cortez that it was not the Democratic Party, but the Republicans, that has historically backed full equality for blacks in America.
Cruz commented on what he called a dishonest “travel advisory” issued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP is warning black travelers to avoid Florida because the state “devalues and marginalizes” “African Americans and other communities of color.”
The advisory sounded like those more commonly given in the mid-20th century when certain areas of the country were substantially dangerous for black travelers. Cruz said the advisory was “bizarre.”
A Twitter user said Cruz would probably have filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Senator responded by pointing out that it was the Democratic party that actually filibustered the landmark legislation.
Ever alert to deviation from the idea that non-whites are in constant and elevated danger, Ocasio-Cortez joined the conversation. She sarcastically invited Cruz to “tell people what happened to the parties after that.”
Cruz obliged. He said the Democratic party formed the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), that the party wrote Jim Crow laws, and that it then filibustered the Civil Rights Act.
And today, he said, the Democratic party is against school choice, which he said could lift millions of black children out of failing public schools. The leftist party also wants to abolish the police, Cruz said, which leads to “more black lives murdered.”
Cruz continued, saying the Republican party was founded to do away with slavery, and reminded readers that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican president. Republicans also voted for the Civil Rights Act in higher numbers than Democrats, he said.
Twitter owner Elon Musk called the exchange the type that made Twitter “so unique and entertaining.”
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