And in this corner, at 5 feet 4 inches and out of the Bronx, in blue, New York Rep. Alexandria “AOC” Ocasio-Coooooorrrrrtez.
The election is ostensibly over but Ocasio-Cortez is not done fighting. In a Politico interview, she said it is time to “take our gloves off with Republicans.”
“We’re always messaging around bipartisanship and how much we love working with Republicans all the time in a lot of these sensitive areas,” Ocasio-Cortez told Politico. “We need to have an unapologetic agenda, have an actual alternative and counter-messaging that is distinct from the Republican Party instead of trying to play to notions of civility. I just really hope that it gets through to a lot of people that this idea that we can win over white voters on a civility argument is like not a reliable strategy.”
She lamented that “anti-racism plays 2% of a role in Democratic electoral strategy—zero, explicitly, implicitly” with no plan for an area she believes needs to be a focus. The comments were part of an article in which left-leaning Democrats defended criticism that their agenda damaged Democrats’ House election campaigns.
Ocasio-Cortez also told The New York Times that white people need “anti-racist” training because people of color and young voters won’t be able to offset “the white electorate.”
“Democrats didn’t just want to win and govern in the name of a deeply divided nation’s fractured sense of the common good,” an article in The Week argued. “No, they wanted to lead a moral revolution, to transform the country—not only enacting a long list of new policies but making a series of institutional changes that would entrench their power far into the future.”
And she commands this much attention in her first term. Imagine when she finds her voice.