Ocasio-Cortez: ‘my family consisted of Sephardic Jews’

At an event for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed some new information about her heritage: “One of the things that we discovered about ourselves is that a very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”

Sephardic Jews were from the Spain/Iberian peninsula area and many were forced into Catholicism. Ocasio-Cortez says her ancestors in Puerto Rico were Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico to practice Crypto-Judaism.

People have been quick to compare her to Elizabeth Warren, who claims to have Native American heritage.

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