Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called out the Democratic Party on Monday for being a “center or center conservative” party that treats the activism of their more left leaning members as a “nuisance” while Republicans treat their members organizing for change as an “asset.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the distinction during a wide-ranging conversation with author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates at the MLK NOW 2020 event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan.
“I think they view it as a nuisance. Many of them feel that it is annoying, that they don’t understand the inside. But I think people are protesting precisely because they understand the inside,” Ocasio-Cortez replied to applause after Coates asked how the Democratic Party views activism.
The radical 30-year-old politician who has come under fire from veteran politicians from both inside and outside her party for her progressive ideas on issues such as healthcare and national defense, agreed with Coates that the Republican Party doesn’t see their activists as a nuisance.
“No they don’t,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “They see it as an asset.”
She disagreed with Coates, however, when he said the Democratic Party is “the ostensible left party.”
“We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center conservative party. We do not advocate for, we can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for all. Not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it, so this is not a left party,” she asserted.
Ocasio-Cortez qualified that, adding: “There are left members inside the Democratic Party that are working to try to make that shift happen. But you’re right, it does convey a certain sentiment about true believers. And there are a lot of true believers that we can capitalism our way out of poverty in the Democratic Party. If anything that’s probably the majority. And that’s an area in which I agree with Dr. King that that assessment is flawed.”
When asked how the party could evolve to better reflect the values of all factions, Ocasio-Cortez said it is going to take longstanding commitment from representatives who refuse to give up on people who need representation.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair