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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is not toeing the party line. The outspoken Congresswoman thinks the Democrats need new leadership. Starting from the top down. She spoke out about the lack of a structured plan for the future of the party. Furthermore, she has some drastic ideas on how to fix it.
Democrats Barely Kept Control of the House
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) may have a “squad” in the House of Representatives. But don’t count Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, among it. It does include Reps. llhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Earlier this week, AOC spoke to the press about the state of the Democratic party. While Democrat nominee, Joe Biden, won the Presidential election, the down-ballot for the Senate and House of Representatives was a disappointment.
In the weeks leading up to the election, there was the hope for a “blue wave,” landslide victories for Democrats across the country. That didn’t happen. The Democrats did retain the majority in the House, but lost several seats. The Senate race was so close that it all comes down to the Georgia run-off in early January that will decide if the Democrats or Republicans have control of the Senate.
AOC: Schumer & Pelosi Got to Go
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did easily win her district, keeping her seat in the House. Many people view the 31-year-old as the future of the Democratic Party. However, according to AOC, the Dems might not have a future at all.
She feels that the party is sorely lacking in leadership. Nancy Pelosi has led the House of Representatives since 2003, as both the House Minority Leader and the Speaker of the House. She has indicated that the upcoming two-year term as Speaker will be her last. Who will succeed her? No one knows, and that is AOC’s problem.
Along with Pelosi, Senator Chuck Schumer is the face of the Democratic party. But AOC thinks it is time for new faces. She told reporters earlier this week, “The internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there is very little option for succession.”
Additionally, she said that “nefarious forces” could fill the vacuum left behind when the older generation dies off. Pelosi is 80, Schumer is 70.
AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Her Comments as Old News
AOC’s comments were taken by many as controversial and divisive. This comes after she cast doubt on Biden’s “hazy” agenda. However, the New York native took to her Twitter to defend her comments.
She wrote that she’s been saying the same thing for the last two years. But it was only her most recent comments that got attention.
Yep, journalists have asked me (and others!) this same question for two years and I’ve answered the same way almost every time but for some reason today it’s “news.” (It’s not news)— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 17, 2020
I am however guilty of the cardinal political sin of clearly answering a journalists’ question https://t.co/N3gXFC6c0e
In her remarks to reporters, she got ahead of the sure-to-come comments asking why SHE doesn’t run for House leadership. Simply put, AOC doesn’t feel ready for that yet. She said, “The House is extraordinarily complex. And I’m not ready. It can’t be me. I know that I couldn’t do that job.”
Is AOC right that the Democrats need to start planning for a future without Pelosi and Schumer? Do you think AOC will be Speaker of the House – or even President of the U.S. – someday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.