AOC Declares the Dem Party Is Not ‘Left,’ but Rather ‘a Center or Center-Conservative Party’

According to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Democratic Party is not a “left party,” it is “a center or a center-right party.”

Speaking at an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ocasio Cortez said, “We don’t have a left party in the United States.”

“The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or a center-conservative party,” she continued.

Watch her comments below:

She noted that the House has not held a vote on progressive policies such as Medicare for all.

“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for All, not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party.”

“But you’re right, it does convey a certain sentiment about true believers,” she added. “And there are a lot of true believers, in that we can capitalism our way out of poverty … if anything that’s probably the majority. And that’s an area in which I agree with Dr. King, that assessment is flawed.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been critical of the Democratic Party before, arguing that moderate members of Congress have too much sway over the party’s agenda in an interview with New York Magazine.

She also claimed that “in any other country,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would not be in the same party as her because of their policy differences.

“In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”

Biden seems to agree with the notion that the Democratic Party supports a moderate agenda. In an interview with Axios in December, he dismissed the notion that Ocasio-Cortez was leading the party further left.

“You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary,” he said, adding, “AOC was a new party. She’s a bright, wonderful person, but where’s the party? Come on, man.”

While Ocasio-Cortez and Biden feel the party is more moderate, a Quinnipiac poll from October of 2019 found that almost half of Americans think the party has moved too far to the left. 

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. If the Nancy Pelosi wishes to hold votes on bills going NOWHERE, then she should adopt the plan AOC stole from R’s 2011-2017 plan to hold SIXTY VOTES on repealing and replacing Obamacare and pretend they have actually done something. Do AOC supporters want to claim they are no more knowledgeable of the functions of government than all the R’s that believed for 8 years R’s were going to repeal and replace Obamacare? Not a goal anyone should wish to attain. Ten years after the first claim of Repeal, the R’s still don’t have a plan to replace AND WON’T have one until some unknown time “after 2020.” Senseless gullibility is not a goal ANYONE should emulate.

  2. Whoa, Phyllis, you are very confused. Holding different views does not make one corrupt. Taking bribes from corporate donors, their lobbyist, and wealthy donors, to do the bidding of the donors, makes one corrupt. It allows wealthy people access to politicians that you and I will never have. Just ask Joe Biden.

    Do you really think that corporations are going to just give money to politicians out of the generosity of their hearts or because they are nice guys? Maybe you think that the corporations like their policy ideas. Ha! Give me a break! They do it the first time as a gamble. They do it the second, third, fourth time because they feel they profited from it in some way. That’s what corporations DO. That’s ALL they do.

    So, yes, the vast majority of all politicians are corrupted if they take corporate, lobbyist and most PAC money. It is a bribe, nothing less.

  3. “the party is moderate.

    In the real world that’s not the case.” I Ching

    What are you talking about? There is very little in the current DP that is NOT conservative. The leadership and most of the congress members have been corrupted for so long that it is now very difficult to tell them apart policy-wise from what used to be Republicans, except for a few social issues.

    There are a few (real*) progressives that need more political weight before more real liberal changes can be enacted, so you seem to live in some sort of fantasy to think that the current party is a leftie party. Fantasy indeed. The remainder are just as corrupt as the American Fascist party.

    * Even Hillary CLAIMED to be a progressive in 2016. That was sadly hilarious. AOC is correct. Anyone can CLAIM to be progressive just to get elected, but fat chance of them ever BEING progressive once in office. Even King Donald The Loser pulled the wool over voter’s eyes with health care, to get elected.

    1. If you listen to what she says, you will end up being less confused, Bonnie.

  4. Occipitally-Concussed may be speaking her perspective. Given her own far-left positions and those of her mentor Bernie (too smart to run as a Marxist) the party is moderate.

    In the real world that’s not the case.

    1. And if you compare the Trump Party to the party formerly known as Republican, it stood for conservative principles where as the Trump Party stands for Trump principles. The question for the Dems is do they allow Bernie & AOC to turn the Democrat party into the Democratic Socialist Party as Republicans allowed Trump to take over their party. LOL…When was the last time you posted from “the real world”? Even your sane conclusion that AOC is speaking from HER perspective had to include a Trumpian childish insult. EMOTIONALLY MATURE GROWN MEN do not resort to name calling.

    2. “the party is moderate.

      In the real world that’s not the case.” I Ching

      What are you talking about? There is very little in the current DP that is NOT conservative. The leadership and most of the congress members have been corrupted for so long that it is now very difficult to tell them apart policy-wise from what used to be Republicans, except for a few social issues.

      There are a few (real*) progressives that need more political weight before more real liberal changes can be enacted, so you seem to live in some sort of fantasy to think that the current party is a leftie party. Fantasy indeed. The remainder are just as corrupt as the American Fascist party.

      * Even Hillary CLAIMED to be a progressive in 2016. That was sadly hilarious. AOC is correct. Anyone can CLAIM to be progressive just to get elected, but fat chance of them ever BEING progressive once in office. Even King Donald The Loser pulled the wool over voter’s eyes with health care, to get elected.

  5. In comparison to modern Democrats Joseph Stalin was a wild-eyed, radical right-wing fanatic…ya-think…?!?!?

    1. You are correct, since he was a military dictator, of course he was right-wing.

  6. “Hope the folks in her district realize what they have created. Bar maid turned politician is a great resume with a total of 16,000 votes!” Cherl

    Less than 28,000 voted in her district (less than 12% of Dems). She handed Crowley a handsome loss by 57.5 to 42.5 percent. Her constituents came out for her in a district that had been ignored for 10 terms.

    I have heard nothing reliable to say that her constituents are upset enough with her to not re-elect her in a blue district. She has raised a tremendous amount for her re-election, too. The last that I heard, the most for any Democrat, so she is a powerhouse and will be very difficult to oppose.

    And since she is an incumbent, the party will be 100% behind her with “unity” right? Ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah, right. The corrupt DNC can’t stand her! She has her own support systems now though.

    1. General, as I have pointed out to you on several occasions, holding different political positions does not make one corrupt. You and I do not accept the principles of Trumpism and that does not make us corrupt.MOST Democrats do not hold the principles of Democratic Socialist and that does NOT make us corrupt any more than the R’s and former R’s that do not buy into Trumpism. I live in reality. I do not believe in fantasy politics–be it Mexico is paying for the wall or M4A can pass the Democrat controlled House. A powerhouse is more than a bit of a stretch. WHICH of the candidates AOC and Bernie supported flipped seats in 2018? ZERO. When they can produce results in R controlled districts, THAT would make her a powerhouse. If Bernie and AOC succeed in destroying the D party as Trump has done to the R party, WHAT is it that you have accomplished? You will have succeeded in increasing the number of Independents.

  7. Hope the folks in her district realize what they have created. Bar maid turned politician is a great resume with a total of 16,000 votes! To quote Biden. “Come on man”. Why does IJR/Bradley Cortright think the readers look forward to what can easily be called “crap”?

    1. “Hope the folks in her district realize what they have created. Bar maid turned politician is a great resume with a total of 16,000 votes!” Cherl

      Less than 28,000 voted in her district (less than 12% of Dems). She handed Crowley a handsome loss by 57.5 to 42.5 percent. Her constituents came out for her in a district that had been ignored for 10 terms.

      I have heard nothing reliable to say that her constituents are upset enough with her to not re-elect her in a blue district. She has raised a tremendous amount for her re-election, too. The last that I heard, the most for any Democrat, so she is a powerhouse and will be very difficult to oppose.

      And since she is an incumbent, the party will be 100% behind her with “unity” right? Ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah, right. The corrupt DNC can’t stand her! She has her own support systems now though.

  8. WOW, confuction, syphilis and aoc (always on cocaine) trying to sound like they know something. None of them has a live brain cell in their body. The demonrat/communist party is the party of socialism, totalitarianism, hate, violence and liars who try to shove their crap down the throats of true Americans. We must answer them with strength and a resolve to put them down even if it means 1776 #2. They must be destroyed as a party or we will be saying “da comrade” at some point in the near future.

    1. That is pure projection of what you and your American Fascist Party espouse.

  9. AOC is correct—The Democrat Party is a separate entity than the Democratic Socialist Party. When AOC can identify 217 House votes for M4A, Speaker Pelosi will put it on the floor for a vote. AND THEN WHAT?? AOC sounds like the Freedom Caucus who wanted votes they knew would fail. We watched the R’s vote SIXTY TIMES on Repealing Obamacare. Obamacare is still LAW today despite finally having their POTUS that would sign it!—It is before the SCOTUS and Trump’s DOJ asked for a SLOW DOWN since they STILL aren’t ready with a replacement and WON”T be ready until “after 2020.” WHERE would her bill go if she had the 217 votes? WHO are the 60 Senators that would vote for it? Does she see Trump signing it? In what world does she reside that a M4A vote would produce a bill signed into law? THAT IS the purpose of VOTING. AOC seems to believe the Democrat Party and the Democratic Socialist Party are one and the same. Of the 12 remaining candidates for the nomination, THREE support M4A–and 1 isn’t even a Democrat! NINE ACTUAL DEMOCRATS oppose it.

    1. “When AOC can identify 217 House votes for M4A, Speaker Pelosi will put it on the floor for a vote.” Phyllis

      Wrong. Just like Moscow Mitch not tabling bills today, Pelosi (and Schumer) would do everything that she could to not put something actually good for us up for a vote. That’s why corrupt people such as those in the DNC leadership have to go. They don’t represent US, they only represent their DONORS.

      This is why the primaries are so important. We must select better politicians who decide to ONLY represent US instead of their corporate overlords. Then we can make real change, something that our current Dear Leader failed miserably to do.

    2. Obummer care certainly isn’t the law of the land in my state and never will be again. Total disaster with no place to go. It is dead, it is time to bury it, all it is doing is sitting around rotting.

    3. Short of allowing health insurance across state lines, the federal government has no Constitutional authority to control health care. State governments should require health care providers to disclose their fees before health care is provided when possible.

  10. WHY should there be a vote on “Medicare for All” – Socialized medicine – when anyone with half a working brain cell understands that would be the fastest way to destroy the US economy while providing care to a select few.

    A much faster way to destroy the World economy would be to implement AOC’s asinine “Green Nutty Deal”.

    1. BS! That is just your indoctrination talking.

      Based on all of the other natians around the world that have universal health care and THRIVE, we need the same care.

      The only thing missing in the U.S. is a commitment to do it.

    2. Actually, nothing in the Constitution allows the federal government to control medical care in any way.

  11. What does this bar maid – a Marxist – know about politics? The DemocRAT Party has been moving rapidly left off the cliff for at least the last 10 years; ever since the non-vetted Kenyan was endorsed by the MSM to ruin this Nation.

    1. She, apparently, knows a hell of a lot more about politics than you ever will, plus, on top of that, she actually got elected and is participating in it.

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