Former Reagan Assistant Responds to AOC's Criticism of 40th President: 'Just Ridiculous'
Peggy Grande, who served as executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan after he left the White House, appeared on "Fox & Friends" to share her reaction to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's criticism of the 40th president.
Speaking Saturday during the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Reagan's policies "pitted" white working class people against minorities in order "to screw over all working-class Americans.”
In particular, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Reagan's use of the word "welfare queens."
"He was painting this, like, really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were ‘sucks’ on our country," she said, describing it as "not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature."
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggests former President Ronald Reagan was a racist and claims he "pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans to screw over all working-class Americans" pic.twitter.com/oxM2QPRgrB
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Many conservatives took to Twitter to slam the freshman congresswoman's comments.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Grande, who served on Reagan's staff for 10 years, said Ocasio-Cortez's remarks are "just ridiculous."
"She is a byproduct of what's happening in the school system lately," Grande said. "It's crazy to think that these ideas are not only being touted by her, but being followed by so many others."
Host Brian Kilmeade noted that Ocasio-Cortez also had criticism of political moderates' "misplaced views" and even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, which she claimed was racist.
In response, Grande paraphrased a famous quote from Regan, "Liberals are ignorant. They just know so many things that aren't so."
She said this is indicative of what's playing out on the left right now, particularly with the rise of socialism in the Democratic Party.
"If we take the bait of freebies and government control, the hook is there underneath. And if we bite, then we're going to be all in danger," Grande said. "Freedom's never more than one generation [away] from extinction."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" segment above.