New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a knack for creating controversy.
But this time Ocasio-Cortez crossed an unthinkable line.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just started a civil war with one promise.
The left-wing base of the Democrat Party is furious that Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema refused to nuke the filibuster that would have allowed Democrats to ram through legislation to rig elections by opening them up to potential voter fraud.
In an interview with MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan, Ocasio-Cortez agreed with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders that it was time for a socialist candidate to primary challenge Senator Sinema when she runs for re-election in 2024.
“Well, Mehdi, as you mentioned that race is in 2024 and that means Kyrsten Sinema is about four years into her six-year term,” Ocasio-Cortez told Hasan, “I don’t believe she is really given a compelling case as to why she should be re-nominated as the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in Arizona.”
Ocasio-Cortez repeated the false claim that opposing universal mail-in voting and ballot harvesting was against voting rights.
“She has proven herself an obstacle to the right to vote in the United States, she’s not an ally on civil rights, it is becoming a precipice and rather contributing to the threat that we have in stabilizing our democracy. She is not standing up to corporate interests, in fact. She is a profound ally to them. And I believe that you know, she is not doing what voters in Arizona sent her to do,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Hasan asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would endorse Ruben Gallego, the leftist Arizona congressman considering primarying Senator Sinema in 2024.
“If a Ruben Gallego challenged her in a primary or someone else, you would potentially consider supporting a primary challenger?” Hasan asked.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly shot back that she would absolutely support Gallego over Sinema.
“If it came down to someone like Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema, I think that would be the easiest decision I would ever have to make. There is no comparison,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
“This is a state that deserves to be represented by a strong Democrat that is allied with working families, and understands that we need to protect the rights of the marginalized. That understands that now is not a moment to stick up for corporations but rather stand up for working people,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded. “We need someone who has more allegiance to the actual people of this country than special interests.”
Democrats are preparing for an intraparty civil war where socialists like Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders go after swing state senators like Kyrsten Sinema.
But Arizona is not Ocasio-Cortez’s Bronx congressional district or a deep blue state like Vermont.
Arizona is roughly split between Democrats and Republicans.
If Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders get their way and a socialist candidate like Ruben Gallego successfully primaries Senator Sinema then Democrats could hand the seat to Republicans by nominating a candidate far to the left of the Arizona electorate.
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