He has to give a nickname to everybody, doesn’t he?
Courtesy of the New York Post:
President Trump compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to former Argentine First Lady Eva Peron and concluded that while the self-described Democratic socialist has a “certain talent” she doesn’t “know anything,” according to a new book.
The president, in interviews for “American Carnage,” said he was watching TV with his political advisers when he first noticed Ocasio-Cortez while she was campaigning against longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley.
“I see a young woman ranting and raving like a lunatic on a street corner, and I said: ‘That’s interesting, go back,’” he says in the book, according to excerpts obtained by The Guardian.
“She’s got talent. Now, that’s the good news. The bad news: she doesn’t know anything. She’s got a good sense, an ‘it’ factor, which is pretty good, but she knows nothing. But with time, she has real potential,” Trump said about the first-term congresswoman.
”I called her Eva Perón,” the president revealed. “I said, ’That’s Eva Perón. That’s Evita.’”
Hearing this AOC responded on Twitter with quotes from Eva Peron.
“I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina’s wealth and power in their hands. So the government brought in an eight hour working day, sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go.”
– Evita Perón
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
Predictably this was seen as an opening by AOC’s critics who quickly took to social media to slam her by suggesting that Eva Person was a Nazi sympathizer, fascist, and its claimed, though not substantiated, that she accepted gifts of stolen Jewish wealth seized by the Germans.
Many of these claims were disputed by Argentinian writer Tomas Eloy Martinez in his book “The Woman Behind the Fantasy.”
In that book, Martinez writes, “She was not a fascist—ignorant, perhaps, of what that ideology meant. And she was not greedy. Though she liked jewelry, furs and Dior dresses, she could own as many as she desired without the need to rob others…. In 1964 Jorge Luis Borges stated that ‘the mother of that woman [Evita]’ was ‘the madam of a whorehouse in Junín.’ He repeated the calumny so often that some still believe it or, more commonly, think Evita herself, whose lack of sex appeal is mentioned by all who knew her, apprenticed in that imaginary brothel. Around 1955 the pamphleteer Silvano Santander employed the same strategy to concoct letters in which Evita figures as an accomplice of the Nazis. It is true that (Juan) Perón facilitated the entrance of Nazi criminals to Argentina in 1947 and 1948, thereby hoping to acquire advanced technology developed by the Germans during the war. But Evita played no part.”
It is also known that Evita was responsible for the building of hospitals and schools, and argued for a women’s right to vote.
As usual, a hero to many was by no means a perfect person.
It is also important to keep in mind that AOC herself did not compare herself to Evita.
She was merely responding to more name calling from Donald Trump.
And by the way, the idea that supporters for that fascist in the White House are now attempting to suggest that AOC is a fascist is laugh out loud funny.