(National Sentinel) Identity Politics: The Democrat Party likes to tout itself as far more “diverse” than the GOP and “reflective of today’s America” as a whole.
But even that diversity isn’t diverse enough for Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist from New York.
During an appearance on MSNBC Monday evening, she complained that there were too many men and “very few people of color” comprising the growing group of Democratic lawmakers opposed to handing Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California the Speaker’s gavel when her party takes over the House in January.
“Well, for me when I was reading this letter that was kind of released today, my main concern was that there is no vision, there is no common value, there is no goal that is really articulated in this letter aside from we need to change,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes.
After bemoaning the concept of “changing our party leadership just for the sake of it,” Ocasio-Cortez then criticized the similar characteristics shared by many in the group as well as the notion that the leadership could end up “more conservative.”
“I mean, if anything, I think that what it does is that it creates a window where we could potentially get more conservative leadership,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“And when you actually look at the signatories, it is not necessarily reflective of the diversity of the party. We have about 16 signatories, 14 of them are male. There are very few people of color in the caucus. There’s very few ideological diversity. It’s not like there are Progressives that are signing on. It’s not like you have a broad-based coalition. So I find it — you know, I’m not totally bought into the concept.”
Hayes then asked her about her involvement with Justice Democrats, a group made up of young progressives she addressed via video conference call over the weekend that exists, in part, to primary incumbent establishment Democrats.
“I think what’s important to articulate what justice Democrats is about is really, it’s not — their mission isn’t ‘we’re gonna primary Democrats,’” she said. “Their mission is ‘we’re going to support working class candidates to run in midterm elections.’
“And so they have supported and endorsed candidates in red to blues, in open primaries, but they do not shy away from actual primaries in blue races either. So, you know, I’m not sure if it really changes much because incumbent Democrats support and endorse against other incumbents all the time,” she said.
That’s a blatant lie.
“Long story short, I need you to run for office. All I’m asking you to do is throw your hat in the ring, say ‘what the heck,’” she said on the call.
The Hill reported:
The incoming freshman Democrat added that she and other members of the Justice Democrats, a group of progressive Democrats seeking to shift the Democratic Party left, would support challenges to incumbent Democrats they view as insufficiently aligned with the views of progressives in the party, particularly on the issue of corporate campaign donations.
Ocasio-Cortez sees herself as a modern female version of Che Guevera. But America isn’t 1960s Cuba, and she hasn’t even spent one full day as a real member of Congress yet.
Furthermore, she will learn that activism isn’t the same as legislating, and believing your own press is usually not a very good idea.
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