For a great many within the Democratic Party, Joe Biden was not their first, (or even second or third), choice to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and it shows.
Now that the electoral college has cast its ballots, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems unwilling to entertain Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud, the Democrats are back to bickering with one another over how moderate is too moderate, as if such a thing logically exists.
The latest skirmish in the party’s civil war comes from a predictable place.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued in a new interview that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should no longer lead Democrats in Congress, and complained that the party had failed at grooming a “next generation” of younger lawmakers to succeed them.
“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told The Intercept in an interview published Wednesday. Spokespeople for Pelosi and Schumer did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Ocasio-Cortez’s interview.
And that wasn’t all:
“The hesitancy that I have is that I want to make sure that if we’re pointing people in a direction, that we have a plan. And my concern — and this I acknowledge as a failing, as something that we need to sort out — is that there isn’t a plan,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse.”
Ocasio-Cortez has long been known for her bombastic statements regarding the Democratic Party she represents, and many will interpret these latest remarks as nothing more than an exercise in self-aggrandizing drivel.
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