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Accustomed to Sen. Bernie Sanders sucking up to her for her newfound fame as a fellow socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is complaining that Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, has not reached out to her.
Sanders suspended his presidential bid last week and Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times during an interview published Monday she plans to support the party’s nominee.
In a not so subtle effort, the bartender-turned-lawmaker let it be known that gaining her stamp of approval comes with a price.
“I’ve always said that I will support the Democratic nominee,” AOC said. “But unity is a process, and figuring out what that looks like is part of this whole conversation that I think Bernie and [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren [D-Mass.] and other folks are a part of as well.”
On the other hand, it’s easy to imagine that President Trump’s campaign could not envision a greater gift than an image of Biden arm-in-arm with the radical, hard-left freshman Democrat.
On that note, the Times asked Ocasio-Cortez if a “a Biden-AOC unity rally” might be “in the cards?”
“It could be. I have not talked to the vice president,” Ocasio-Cortez responded, before sharing that she doesn’t think she has ever spoken to Biden.
If she’s unsure, turning to the 77-year-old former vice president for confirmation may not be the best of ideas, given the swirling concerns about his mental agility.
While Biden is sure to appeal to Sanders’ raucous base for support, Ocasio-Cortez said getting their vote will need to be a process that makes him “uncomfortable.”
Given their way, the pro-socialist progressive faction of the party will drag Biden so far left as to make him as unelectable as their standard-bearer.
“There’s this talk about unity as this kind of vague, kumbaya, kind of term. Unity and unifying isn’t a feeling, it’s a process,” AOC said.
A process that involved Marxist-inspired, anti-capitalist police.
“The whole process of coming together should be uncomfortable for everyone involved — that’s how you know it’s working,” she added. “And if Biden is only doing things he’s comfortable with, then it’s not enough.”
At the top of their list is the elimination of private insurance in favor of nationalized medical care.
“I want to respect his win,” Ocasio-Cortez declared, emitting an inflated sense of self worth. “He won because of his coalition building, he won because of his service. He won for a lot of different reasons — but I don’t think he won because Americans don’t want ‘Medicare for All.’”
She also let it be known that there’s hope in exploiting the national crisis brought on by the Chinese virus COVID-19.
“And in this moment, I wouldn’t be surprised if what we’re seeing with coronavirus didn’t further change people’s views in further support of a progressive agenda,” she suggested.
Based on the responses to the story, there’s a serious divide in the Democratic Party that Biden will have to skillfully navigate if he wants Bernie Bros. pulling the lever for him in November.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 13, 2020
— “Ideas That Are Lying Around” (@_waleedshahid) April 13, 2020
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) April 13, 2020
The Democratic nominee and former VP has to reach out to the TicTik Queen?
Biden won in large measure because hes not listening to the online left. https://t.co/1rHb85eAba
— Gregory Ealey (@EaleyGregory) April 13, 2020
I mean, they’ve made it pretty clear they don’t give a damn about the left and young people, how is anyone surprised by this?
— Hailie 🌹🌻 (@hail_g) April 13, 2020
Why should they. She needs to get over herself.
— SandyBeall#Resist#DelawarePride#TrumpImpeached (@bluedgal) April 13, 2020
She should be reaching out to him.
— No time for BS (@observantjulie) April 13, 2020
He’s the Dem party candidate for President. Why would Biden need to reach out to every Dem politician to seek their support? It’s him or Trump. Crazy that it even needs to be said.
— B2011 (@Billi2011F) April 13, 2020
Entitled candidates don’t reach out or make meaningful concessions. They simply expect you to fall in line, perhaps after some meaningless token gesture, and relentlessly browbeat you if you don’t.
— I.M. Harlequin (@I_Harlequin) April 13, 2020
Most Democrats are just going to pretend Biden is fine. AOC is going to tell the truth, which is that Biden’s campaign is totally inadequate and insulting. If he loses, this will be why, and he’s being given plenty of notice. pic.twitter.com/0G0XcuHMfD
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) April 13, 2020
She’s a freshman congresswoman can we stop acting like she’s some kingmaker?
— Ben Thompson (@GetBenThompson) April 13, 2020
AOC asserting that Biden didn’t win because of his agenda is truly a dismissive slap in the face to all of us who voted for him, including an overwhelming number of black voters. https://t.co/MdcanmmpbO
— Dr. D’Ag due (@ag_due) April 13, 2020
This is not news. There are 232 Democrats in the House of Reps. Unless his campaign has reached out to 231 out of the 232, this is a nothing-burger story. https://t.co/icjeKGrl79
— Ryan Fecteau 🏳️🌈 (@RyanFecteau) April 13, 2020
Maybe AOC needs to reach out to Biden.
She is junior member of the House. She supported Bernie.
It would behoove her to show a bit of political humility.
— Edward J. Higgins (@EdwardJHiggins) April 13, 2020
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