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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that the hostility of her own party towards progressive causes is making her consider leaving politics, according to Business Insider.
The New York Representative said the Democratic party has been hostile towards causes such as Medicare for All and the Black Lives Matter movement in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday. “I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” she told The Times. “You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.”
“Externally, there’s been a ton of support,” she said. “But internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive.” The interview happened shortly after major news networks called the election for Joe Biden. While Biden is projected to win the presidency, Democrats did not do as well in other sections of the ballot, and some centrist party leaders blamed progressive messaging for the loss of House seats.
Ocasio-Cortez pushed back on that accusation, blaming the losses on deficient digital campaigns and the avoidance of progressive issues. In a tweet, she said some campaigns spent $0 on digital ads the week before the election. She also told The Times that she wants Democrats to stop looking at progressive causes as the enemy, and that if they don’t, “they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.”
On Twitter, she said ignoring progressive activists deters Black, Brown, and youth organizers who help deliver victories for Democrats. “I chose to run for re-election because I felt like I had to prove that this is real. That this movement was real. That I wasn’t a fluke,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Times. “That people really want guaranteed health care and that people really want the Democratic Party to fight for them.”
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