Ocasio-Cortez Will Face a Challenger From Her Own Party in the Upcoming 2020 Primary Election Cycle

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Freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) earned herself a new primary challenger for the 2020 election cycle.

The self-described democratic socialist will have to defeat Badrun Khan, a first-generation Bengali-American immigrant who describes herself as “a proud Democrat, advocate, community activist, mother and a proud daughter of an immigrant family.”

The New York Democratic primary candidate — the mother to two teenage daughters and “a financial officer for a large school” — said on her website that she “has spent her entire life fighting for justice, equality and fairness in her community.”

Khan’s website says that she wants to be a “uniter” and that she thinks that “all people” should be more involved with American politics.

“Badrun’s dream is to be a uniter, someone who hopes to build bridges so that no community, regardless of their ethnicity or religion will ever be left behind. Badrun believes that all people should get more involved in mainstream politics and become more integrated as American citizens.”

Khan has come out swinging against Ocasio-Cortez, with the homepage of her website reading “REAL results… not empty promises.”

Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill that she was focusing on her work for her district and does not give much heed to the “other folks” running for her seat.

“I just focus on delivering for my district and doing the best job,” said the New York Democrat. “I try not to focus too much on other folks in the field.”

Badrun is the first Democrat to challenge Ocasio-Cortez for her seat, but the self-described democratic socialist is also facing heavy Republican opposition.

As IJR previously reported, New York businesswoman Scherie Murray announced her Republican candidacy for New York’s 14th District in July, when she blasted Ocasio-Cortez in her announcement video as choosing “self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance.”

Additionally, IJR sat down for an interview with another of Ocasio-Cortez’s Republican challengers, former NYPD officer John Cummings.

Cummings told IJR that the platform he is running on is based on “liberty” and that he is working to “stop the creep of socialism” in America.

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General Confusion

First of all, let’s establish a baseline. I will ask you a very simple, direct question that REQUIRES a yes/no answer only. Any more words than that counts as a failure on your part. Do we agree that the world’s political and economic systems or designations are not just stark black & white, either/or divisions, but that they are actually a blend of trends? That some political systems or designations are not just left and right, and that designations of economies vary on a scale, too, such that one economic system may have characteristics of others? Agreed? You either believe… Read more »


>Always Confused One< Your reply to my comment below makes not one bit of sense. Could you try that again in English? ". . . are is not socialists". What I said – for clarification – is that AOC is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA); America's LARGEST Marxist organization. I did not include (because I didn't want to confuse you and I hate tears on my paper) that the DSA has also been identified as a Communist organization. As YOU know, there's little -if any – difference between Socialism, Communism and Marxism except the crazy who… Read more »


AOC is a card carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Anyone with the ability to research and read (I am pointing a finger at one who can do neither) will learn the DSA is America’s LARGEST Marxist organization. That should tell us the direction AOC wanted America to go. Bernie may be a member – a Marxist – also. His asinine proposals certainly suggest that.

Bonnie Keever

Come on Murray I really like her please let Murray get it


Well it is up to the District but if they are smart, they won’t vote for AOC as she is not reflecting very well upon the residents.

Hector Espada

A phoney. Was in young republican club. Lived in waterfront Florida home. Has lied about everything and is not very bright. Having said that we know that the leftys will keep supporting and defending her no matter what.

Jacqueline Walker
Jacqueline Walker

Anyone against Socialism is better than attention seeker narcissistic AOC

Dave Hardesty

No more immigrants in Congress. Haven’t we learned that lesson by now?

Warning words a thinking person should pay close attention to;
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