Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Bloomberg Presidency Would Be Like Trump's But 'Whose Fascism Is Less Obvious'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit out at Mike Bloomberg's campaign for president, suggesting the billionaire's time as mayor of New York suggests he could be even worse than President Donald Trump if elected.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York's 14th Congressional District, told The Breakfast Club radio show that she thinks it is "not a good idea" for Bloomberg to try and win the presidency even if he could beat Trump in November.

"We obviously have to beat Trump," she said. "But if we beat Trump and go back to the same policies that we had before, a worse Trump is going to come. A Trump that's more sophisticated, whose fascism is less obvious, is going to come and things could get even worse."

Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Bloomberg's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, his comments on how redlining contributed to the 2008 financial crash and his previous remarks about transgender people as red flags about his candidacy.

"We lived under his tenure as mayor," she said. "We know exactly what he did."

The congresswoman, who is backing Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, said that while many people might see Bloomberg in a positive light as he donated vast sums of money to charities and nonprofits, they may have endorsed him "without seeing what he did when he actually had a position of power."

Ocasio-Cortez also said that Bloomberg has not exonerated himself enough from his policies as New York mayor to justify being in the race for president, especially for the black and Latino voters.

"I think that redemption in politics is an acceptable thing, but you have to earn it," she said. "It needs to be proven through years of work and evolution for the right thing.

"This is what happened with Bloomberg. He was down with stop-and-frisk. He fought for it in the courts, the courts overturned it as unconstitutional. He still fought it, defended it after him being mayor and then... five minutes before he runs for president he says, 'Okay, maybe this wasn't the right policy.'

"People need to prove through their actions and through what they're willing to withstand how down they're going to be with our communities."

Elsewhere during the interview, The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God, AKA Lenard Larry McKelvey, asked Ocasio-Cortez who minorities should back as the Democratic candidate as he personally believes none of the frontrunners "have proven themselves."

Ocasio-Cortez admitted she understood why people might not feel "particularly inspired" when they look at the available options but still believes that Sanders is the best choice.

"Electoral politics is always going to be disappointing to a certain extent," she said. "I think that there is a problem where we lean on saviorism a lot. No elected official is going to save anybody, and I'm saying that as an elected official.

"First of all, it's all part of a larger system. So you can have one great, amazing, incredible elected official, they're still in a system that's completely bogged down in the legacies of racism, basically American apartheid with Jim Crow, the genocide of Native people, the fact that we marginalize the people who have always lived on this land.

"What's really important and what's special right now about this moment is that we are just starting to get politicians that are accountable to mass movement and I think Bernie Sanders has that accountability."

Bloomberg's office has been contacted for comment.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y) speaks before introducing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to the stage during his campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on February 10, 2020 in Durham, New Hampshire. Joe Raedle/Getty