(UnitedVoice.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) apparently wants her cake and to eat it, too. On Thursday, she complained that some Democrats have told her they will not support democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) if he wins the nomination. AOC comes from the far-left wing the party that Sanders has helped to establish since 2016.
In 2019, AOC started a political action committee (PAC) called Courage to Change. She has raised over $5 million and has refused to share any money with the fundraising arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The PAC’s purpose is to explicitly target moderate Democrats in favor of the far-left candidates that AOC supports. Unsurprisingly, this is enraging the establishment wing of the party in the House.
Meanwhile, Sanders has been calling for a political revolution to upend the Democratic establishment and enshrine his form of democratic socialism — putting him squarely at odds with moderates in the party.
AOC Lashes Out
After two out of three House candidates that AOC endorsed lost on Super Tuesday and Sanders experienced some unexpected losses to former Vice President Joe Biden in Minnesota and Massachusetts, AOC expressed her displeasure.
On “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” AOC lashed out and said that she is concerned about Democrats who will not support Sanders if he wins the nomination — referring to moderate Democrats. She said that support for whoever wins the Democratic nomination is a two-way street.
That’s interesting coming from a person who is intentionally trying to create a one-way street.
Prior to South Carolina, Sanders had all the momentum and appeared to be on his way to the nomination. However, Biden overwhelmingly won the black vote and 50% of the overall vote in South Carolina on Sunday. By Monday, moderate candidates Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) suspended their campaigns and immediately endorsed Biden.
On Super Tuesday, Biden won 10 of 14 states and gained a majority of the delegates. As of Friday morning, Biden leads Sanders 638-563.
Suspicions of dealings behind-the-scenes among establishment moderate candidates have frustrated Sanders — and apparently AOC as well. Sanders said on Wednesday that it was apparent the establishment wanted to stop his campaign saying, “it’s no surprise.”
Sanders’ Campaign Is Underperforming
In a recent interview, AOC said that young voter turnout will be a “huge determination” in the future of the country.
The problem for AOC’s endorsed candidates and Sanders’ campaign is that, while young people are showing up to rallies, they are not showing up at the polls. Of those younger than 30, only 1 in 8 voted.
Biden has been making the case that Americans don’t want a revolution; they want stability, instead. It appears that may be the case.
Now that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has dropped out of the race, Sanders may see some renewed momentum. However, there’s no guarantee he hasn’t hit his ceiling of support. Warren has yet to endorse either candidate.
Now that AOC’s candidates are losing and Sanders has lost momentum, will AOC accept the country is not as far-left as she imagined?
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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