One of the freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives has rocketed into the public awareness breaking the glass of Democratic traditions as she goes. This representative does not care what the other members of her party think. Not only that, she is ready to tell the whole country, and maybe voters should listen.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who likes to go by her initials AOC, appeared with Stephen Colbert who hosts CBS’s The Late Show. He asked her:
‘Now, congresswoman, for you and other freshmen members of Congress, you’re getting a fair amount of pushback from even members of your own party saying ‘wait your turn, go slow, don’t ask for so much so fast right now, you’re new, wait your turn for everything and don’t make waves.
“I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question…On a scale from zero to some, how many f—s do you give?’
Over Ben and Jerry ice-cream the freshman representative answered:
‘I think it’s zero.”
Colbert noted that some lawmakers say her actions promote a “divided front.” Ocasio-Cortez responded:
‘It’s how we choose to interpret items and how we choose to interpret events and things like activism and advocacy. If you think activism is inherently divisive – I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day. People called Martin Luther King divisive in his time. We forget he was wildly unpopular when advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we really need to realize is that social movements are the moral compass and should be the moral compass for our politics.’
Longtime Democrat and former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) expressed the traditional line earlier:
‘I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people. We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.’
Ocasio-Cortez will not stop, just as she did not stop looking for the missing-in-action Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
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