NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants more money to go towards de-radicalization programs to stem the spread of extremism following the Capitol siege.
Ocasio-Cortez told a virtual town hall on Friday that we know how to stem the spread of extremist groups and that “there are ecosystems of support and community that are available to help us solve this problem.”
“We had programs, federal programs, that went towards funding organizations like these that de-radicalized people,” she said.
But President Donald Trump pulled the plug on funding for the programs, she said, adding that it’s time to give that money back—and then some.
“We probably need to double, triple, quadruple, or increase funding for these deradicalization programs,” she said.
During the town hall, she said, “the white supremacist cause is futile, it’s nihilist.”
“Their world will never exist. That’s why we’re seeing violence right now,” she said.
She cautioned that the “this is a problem that doesn’t go away on Jan. 20” with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“It’s going to take a very long time to de-radicalize these people and a lot of effort,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn’t want the Capitol attack to result in more funding for law enforcement or surveillance. She said the intelligence was clearly there, it just wasn’t acted on.
“This was not because we didn’t have the resources. This was not because we didn’t have the intelligence. And this was not because we didn’t have the laws,” she said.