Uh-Oh! Tension Between Sanders and AOC?
When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York decided to endorse presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and then join him on his campaign, leftists from all over rejoiced. It was a match made in liberal heaven. Sanders, according to them, has a lot of great ideas, but being an older white male, it was unlikely that he would have much success unless he could gain quite a few minority votes, as well as some from younger generations.
Enter AOC. She has just about everything that counters who Bernie is while also holding much of the same ideas. In fact, outside of the Vermont senator, few are as radical or left-leaning than AOC.
So it’s no wonder that Sanders chose her and a few of her squad members to help him out on the trail while he was stuck in Washington for the sham impeachment trials. But apparently, things didn’t exactly go as planned, leaving tension between the want-to-be president and his much younger counterpart.
During AOC’s three-day “stint” as Sanders’ surrogate, she not only forgot to mention his name at all but seemed to take the senator’s views on immigration a bit too far, leaving some to speculate that she was campaigning for herself.
According to Vanity Fair, “Sander’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, texted AOC’s campaign manager to express his dissatisfaction with aspects of her performance, according to a source familiar with the exchange. Specifically, the Sanders campaign was miffed that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mention Sanders by name when she closed out a campaign event at the University of Iowa on Friday night at the end of last month.”
And as the article notes, the Sanders campaign was not the only group of people to notice her lack of credit to Sanders. Fox News also picked up on it.
Now, forgive if I’m wrong, but when you are campaigning for someone, logic says that mentioning that person’s name is crucial. Then again, we already know AOC lacks a bit in that department.
And that brings us to her second mistake: taking things a little too far.
Vanity Fair states, “Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol were also seen by some within the Sanders campaign as going too far, straying from Sanders’s stance on the issues in encouraging people not to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, according to this source.”
AOC was reported to have said during one event, “Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities to try and keep people safe.”
Whether or not Sanders and some of his supporters actually agree with this or not, you just don’t say this during a presidential campaign. No one wants a president that is ok with breaking the laws or not working with the officials who keep them. I mean, wasn’t that the Democrats whole reason for bringing impeachment charges against Trump in the first place?
Not that it will make much difference. As the article mentions, Sanders’ campaign manager was miffed, not Sanders himself. And, as we all know, Sanders needs AOC too much to cause too much of a rift.
As I mentioned before, AOC is the perfect complement to him in just about every way. Plus, he already owes her a great deal.
When she endorsed him last fall, he was still recovering from his recent heart attack, and his campaign looked to be dying. Her sudden support and allegiance got things moving for him again, as well as gave him a whole new crowd to speak to. While those on the far left already looked to him, she brings a much younger and more colorful group of supporters along with her, one that he was previously lacking.
Besides, her crazy independence and non-stop social media drama, means that when she is in the spotlight, as she always is, Sanders will be too. His campaign will just have to pray it’s for all the right reasons. After all, she has a bit of a wild streak that often leaves a bitter after taste.
Some have even said that she is the left’s version of Sarah Palin. She can draw in a crowd like no one else, which is what Sanders needs. But sometimes what she says just isn’t a good look for anyone.
For now, all seems to be patched up. Only time will tell if Sanders has to set her loose so she doesn’t ruin his chances.