Former President Donald Trump said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent old men shivering with fear in the halls of Congress, reports say.
Trump reportedly made the remarks at a 2019 event attended by 100 business leaders, according to an excerpt from journalist David Drucker’s book “In Trump’s Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the GOP,” seen by journalist David Drucker. The daily email.
During the closed-door meeting, Trump called the New York congresswoman a “failed nerd” but expressed admiration for her excessive influence within the Democratic Party.
“Let me tell you about AOC. I’ve seen her walk through the halls of Congress and I see these old men shivering with fear. They shiver with fear when they see her,” Trump said.
“Want to know why? Because AOC has a base, just like me.”
Trump’s comments provoked “nervous laughter” from the crowd, according to the excerpt from the book quoted by The Daily Mail.
Trump also reportedly told business leaders that reelection was the only way to continue their work and beat AOC’s Green New Deal.
“You definitely want to see me re-elected if you want to continue doing business,” Trump said.
“You’ve got this Green New Deal. It’s absolutely crazy. It will shut down American energy completely. And it belongs to this failed nerd, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
Trump’s speech was an early reelection pitch, the book said, which came shortly after Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.
High-profile business leaders in the audience included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and CEOs from companies like JP Morgan, Boeing and Blackrock.
Some members of Trump’s entourage were also in attendance, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his daughter Ivanka Trump.