Trump calls Ocasio-Cortez ‘Evita’ in new book American Carnage ,
Donald Trump has compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Eva Perón, saying that though he first saw , the New York congresswoman “ranting and raving like a lunatic on a street corner” and thinks “she knows nothing”, she has “a certain talent”.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, rose to stardom last year when she defeated a member of House leadership, Joe Crowley, in a primary in Queens.
She has become a figurehead of opposition to Trump in the House and a bête noire of Republicans and Fox News, for her championing of progressive causes including the Green New Deal.
Last week Ocasio-Cortez told an interviewer that she believed America was heading in a fascist direction under Trump.
Trump has not previously made the comparison. But he did write in a 2004 book that his “favorite Broadway show is Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, starring Patti LuPone. I saw it six times, mostly with [his first wife] Ivana.”
Evita, she said, “was star of radio dramas and to a lesser extent film in Argentina, and then she went on and had this political career and political power”.
In Trump’s 2016 campaign, Eubanks Winkler said, the billionaire reality TV star echoed Evita’s appeal to the “Descamisados”, or “shirtless ones”, by “trying to reach out to people, working class people and you can see that in terms of the demographics of folks who voted for him”.
On Sunday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Guardian’s story In similar fashion, with a series of tweets. Attributing quotes to “Evita Perón”, she wrote: “I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.”
In American Carnage, Trump says he first saw Ocasio-Cortez during her primary against Crowley, while watching TV with political advisers.