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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: There's Room For Democratic Socialists In The Democratic Party (HBO)

First-time candidate and 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated one of the most powerful Democrats in the country Tuesday night in a Queens/Bronx congressional primary that was supposed to be a sure thing for the incumbent Joe Crowley.

She won handily, 57 percent to 42 percent, despite being outspent 10-1 and almost immediately went from an obscure primary challenger to one of the most recognizable faces in American politics.

Her victory represents the growth of the left wing of the Democratic Party in the Trump era, a wing that wants to pass Medicare-for-all, abolish ICE, and have the federal government guarantee people a job.

But while Ocasio-Cortez is to the left of almost every Democrat in Congress, she dismisses the idea that there is a coming intra-party civil war.

“I think we have to kind of get past this like a battling,” Ocasio-Cortez told VICE News Tonight’s Michael Moynihan on Wednesday after her victory the previous night. “We’re going to have absolutely be a lot of spirited debates in the Democratic Party. But the goal is the same. The goal is social-economic-racial justice for working class Americans.”

Ocasio-Cortez identifies both as a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat and says that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. “Democratic Party is a big tent kind of party,” she said.

The Democratic Party’s leadership in Washington, however, will certainly have to expand their own tent in order to accomodate Ocasio-Cortez. Asked about the rise of democratic socialism among young progressive in February of 2017, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said dismissively, “I have to say, we’re capitalists, that’s just the way it is.” And on Wednesday, Pelosi dismissed Ocasio-Cortez’s victory as “a choice in one district” and told reporters not to get “carried away.”

And it’s true that many other progressive challengers across the country have lost and that the politics in New York’s 14th district are decidedly more to the left than most districts in the country. Still, Ocasio-Cortez believes that she is a small part of a growing movement on the left full of people dissatisfied with the Democratic Party’s leadership.

“I think what’s going on is that working class Americans are looking for a fierce and unapologetic champion” she said. “It could be more than one, I hope it’s more than one. But what people are asking for is a little bit of moral clarity in I think this time of chaos.”

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43 thoughts on “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: There's Room For Democratic Socialists In The Democratic Party (HBO)

  1. “We're going to have absolutely be a lot of spirited debates in the Democratic Party. But the goal is the same. The goal is social-economic-racial justice for working class Americans.”
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  2. She’s a cloud shoveler, lying through her teeth. People who support her doesn’t know how much she’s gonna hurt them by breaking her promises and the worst thing is that she knows too well she’s won’t be able to fulfill her promises but still lying to her supporters.. shame on her…

  3. Keep up the good job destroying the Democratic party by filling it with socialists/communists and Muslims. AntiAmericans and anticonstitutionalists. Their words and lives prove it. Definition Socialism: State OWNERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION of the means of PRODUCTION and DISTRIBUTION OF MEANS AND WEALTH. THEY, (AOC, ETC), DECIDE, NOT US .Just so you Democrat liberals understand where your party is now! Got it? VOTE TRUMP 2020. Nationalism just means love of country and loyalty. The Dems hate that word!!!! Trump and conseravtives are proud Nationalists. We are not Nazis or Far right extremists as the lying news portray us. We are Americans. Stop the lies. The Media is corrupt as is the Democratic party!!!! Just WALK AWAY FROM THAT PARTY. I DID!!!!

  4. In the 20th century, Socjalist regimes killed about 100 million people: 20 million in Russia, 65 million in China, and the rest from a miscellany of countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and others. North Korea is a failed country; South Korea is rich and prosperous. Similarly, East Germany was poor, and West Germany highly economically successful. Cuba is still poor. China’s economy has been growing as the Marxist influence has declined.

  5. Democratic socialism is just a group of people who are uneducated naïve arrogant immature fool’s. Surrounding themselves with delusions of grandeur. Keep telling themselves lies that give them excuses to continue living in a fantasy and not reality. Failing to see that lies ask nothing of you with no responsibilities. Bluntly put, lies are just another form of censorship preventing people from seeing reality for what it is, the truth

  6. The vast majority of people are ok immigration as long as it’s legal, done by the books, and they work, pay taxes, law abide and integrate into the host country well. What we have an issue is with mass and illegal immigration, the crime that is often brought with it (the drugs, Human trafficking and whatnot)

  7. She understands the economic crisis that's why she ruined thousands of jobs for new Yorkers and she cares about the working class but she wants socialism. This is what happens when we put a child in politics

  8. One thing to Note: I love how Vice News covered this interview and probably didnt realise the Like/Dislike ratio would be so strong 🙂 People are waking up and im so proud of you all

  9. This is the weirdest smear video I've seen so far. There's spooky music and stupid questions but they never got her to say anything to make her sound bad to anyone other than boomers.

  10. Socialism is evil and immoral, it promotes greed, and voting to steal what is not yours. In the end everyone starves equally. AOC is a fool who can't understand basic economics which she went to college for. Socialism means the government owns your stuff. NOT you the workers, you do not get fair compsation but instead are forced to work at gun point because under socialism the only way to get things accomplished is through force. "Communism is the end result of socialism" ~ Karl Marx 60 million poeple died under the USSR(Russia), 50 million in China, 30 Million in North Korea, 20 million in Vietnam, 5-10 million in Cuba, And we are waiting to see what it cost Venezuela. This can happen in America if we chose Socialism, instead of free health care you get to starve. Did you know Nazi's were socialist? Nazi literally means National Socialist. To be a Nazi all you have to do, is support socialism and be anti semetic.

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