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But then Ocasio-Cortez made a direct appeal to racists and white supremacists ― and her message was simple: “Come back.”
She also called on those “radicalized in a funnel of vitriol” to turn away from hate, promising that they would be welcomed with love in return:
“There is a mother waiting for you, I know it. I know there’s a teacher waiting for you, saying, ‘What happened to my kid? What happened to my friend?’ And we will always be here and hold space for you to come back. We will love you back. You are not too far gone.”
Ocasio-Cortez shared that message on Twitter as well:
Here’s what we have to say to all of America’s men and women falling in the grips of hatred and white supremacy:
Come back. It’s not too late.
You have neighbors and loved ones waiting, holding space for you.
And we will love you back. ⬇️ https://t.co/f2nCZzwLUy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.