Democratic strategist Michael Starr Hopkins penned an op-ed in The Guardian this week that claimed rising progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the Democrats’ best hope as a presidential candidate in 2024.
“She is a force to be reckoned with, and in 2024 Democrats are going to need her force to reckon with Republicans,” writes Starr of the former bartender from Queens.
Starr Hopkins says AOC is “less of a personality and more of a movement. Yes, the smart, photogenic congresswoman is the face of the rising progressive movement, but she is also the future of the Democratic Party.” He continues, “AOC has cultivated a following beyond politics. She’s an influencer in its purest form. Her ability to relate to her supporters and allow them a glimpse into her private life is a blueprint for Democrats trying to act less like mannequins and more like humans.”
He posits AOC as the top contender in a matchup against former president Donald Trump, who has exchanged words with the fiery congresswoman more than once in the past. The New York Representative is part of the so-called “Squad” made up of several diverse Democratic congresswomen who hold largely progressive beliefs and have been outspoken against Trump and Republicans since they entered Congress in 2019.
Starr Hopkins believes Ocasio-Cortez could replicate her surprise 2018 victory in a presidential race in 2024. “AOC wields a superpower that is rarely found in Washington: She isn’t afraid to lose,” he says. “Her 2018 victory wasn’t just historic, it was shocking, and felt predestined — much like when we first saw a brilliant speaker with a funny name and big ears remind us that through hope and change we could put our country on a new course.”
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