Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) said he was "offended" after she suggested on her Instagram story that some people concerned about the border crisis are engaging in "white supremacist" thinking.
Ocasio-Cortez alleged in a monologue on Instagram, in which she spoke on the events at the U.S.-Mexico border, that she was being framed in racist ways by conservatives.
"Well, we're talking about it. They just don't like how we're talking about it because it's not a border crisis, it's an imperialism crisis," said Ocasio-Cortez. "It's a climate crisis. It's a trade crisis. And also, it's a carceral crisis because as I have already said even during this term and this president, our immigration system is based and designed on our carceral system."
According to Ocasio-Cortez, referring to the immigration crisis as a "surge" is rooted in white supremacist philosophy that anyone referring to it in that way is trying to distract from other issues and is using white supremacist talking points.
Green said on Wednesday he was "offended" when he heard Ocasio-Cortez condemn the use of the term "surge" when discussing the ongoing border crisis.
"If I say cancer is bad, AOC is going to say that I'm a racist. That's everything that comes out of their mouths these days. It's ridiculous. Those CBP agents, they are there trying to do their best to take care of those children. It is absolutely insane to say that by their pointing out the fact that there is a 400-percent increase, it's somehow racist. That's absurd," said Green.