Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Democrats for its incompetence in a post-election, uncontrolled interview with the New York Times, warning that if the Biden administration doesn’t put progressive people in positions top, this party will lose big in 2022 midterm elections.
Signaling that the internal ban is in place while Democrats’ efforts to defeat Donald Trump are over, the New York leftist has strongly rejected the view of some Democrats that the message Progress around the Black Life Movement and the Green New Deal led to the party̵7;s parliamentary defeat in last week’s elections.
The real problem, Ocasio-Cortez said, is the party lacks “core competencies” to carry out its campaigns.
“There’s a reason Barack Obama built a national campaign machine outside of the Democratic National Committee,” she told the Times’ Astead Herndon. “And there’s a reason when he didn’t activate or continue that, we lost most of House functionality. Because the party – in and of itself – has no core competence, and no amount of money can fix that. “
Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated a longtime Democrat politician in 2018 and won re-election in his Bronx district by more than 50 points, had favored Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, over Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary election.
Since then, Ocasio-Cortez and her closest allies in Congress – a group of four women known as the “team” both won re-election last week – topped the party line while calls on grassroots activists to push Biden and Democrats out.
Armistice agreement ended. Ocasio-Cortez told the Times that the party’s failure to run an online strategy “in a way that really shows competence” has left the party with criticism of its message of progress being hypocritical. .
“If I lost the election, and I went out and I said, ‘This is the moderator’s fault’. This is because you didn’t let us have a floor vote on Medicare for all. ‘And they opened my campaign, and they found that I only spent $ 5,000 on TV ads the week before the election? ”Ocasio-Cortez said. “They will laugh. And that’s what they look like now trying to blame the Black Life Movement for their loss. “
Grassroots activism, which generated a large number of voters in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Georgia, was crucial to Biden’s victory, and if Democrats didn’t realize, Ocasio-Cortez said. that and in combination with the basis, this party will disintegrate right in the ballot box.
“It’s really hard for us to find people who don’t vote when they feel like nothing has changed for them. When they feel like people don’t see them, or even acknowledge their voter turnout, ”Ocasio-Cortez said.
“If the party believes that after 94 percent of Detroit went to Biden, after the Black organizers only doubled and tripled the number of voters in Georgia, after so many people held Philadelphia, then the signal comes from Democrat John Kasich won us in this election? I mean, I can’t even describe how dangerous it is. ”
Kasich is a former Republican governor of Ohio who has campaigned for Biden, admitting him as a center to which moderate Republicans can support. Such a call may have gained traction in some places, such as northern Michigan and western Omaha. But Trump beat Biden in Ohio with eight points and half a million votes.
The Ocasio-Cortez interview is filled with frank impressions that are freely shared. When asked what her “macroscopic lesson” was from the election, she said: “Well, I think the central issue is that we don’t go free to hell anymore.” When asked if there was anything about the election that surprised her, she said: “Whites support Trump. I thought the vote was off, but just by seeing it, I felt a sense of my work. ”
While there are concerns about the reliability of polls this year with too many mailing votes and the failure of polls in general, Trump appears to have won. the number of white voters in 2020 will be about 15 points as compared to 2016.
The upcoming presidential transition period and the early days of the Biden administration will be crucial to determining whether Democrats will incorporate its grassroots progression engine, Ocasio-Cortez said. Going down the road to failure, Ocasio-Cortez said.
“So I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy,” she said. “And that their base is not the enemy. That the Black Life Movement is not the enemy, that Medicare for all is not the enemy. This is not even a victory in an argument. That is if they keep chasing the wrong things, I mean, they’re just making their own obsolescence. “