In an interview with New York Magazine this week, socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it clear that she would not be happy if the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination wound up going to an establishment politician like Joe Biden. Asked what role she would play in Congress if Biden were to win the White House in November, AOC seemed aghast at the thought.
“Oh, God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that she doesn’t consider herself and her Squad-mates to be the radical ones in the Democratic Party. Rather, she said, the real extremists were on the other side of the party, trying to drag the conversation to the right.
“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” she said. “So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does. I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left.”
Continuing along this theme, Ocasio-Cortez said she was tired of the party letting any Tom, Dick, or Harry into the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“They let anybody who the cat dragged in call themselves a progressive,” she said. “There’s no standard.”
Furthermore, she said: “Democrats can be too big of a tent.”
Well, you have to appreciate someone who would rather watch her party burn than to let those grubby moderates in the door. We’ll give AOC one thing: She’s got principles. They may be twisted, unpatriotic, nationally-disastrous principles that would ruin America if they were ever put into effect…but hey, nobody’s perfect.
In any event, we eagerly look forward to watching Biden grovel at AOC’s feet to get her support if and when he nabs the nomination. The farther he goes to impress the Squad, the more unelectable he’ll become against Trump. Does he have the sense to stand his ground?
Come on, it’s Joe Biden.