‘Going to Flip This Seat Red’: Dem Socialist Darling Ocasio-Cortez Gets Her Colors Confused

It hasn’t been such a great week for the up-and-coming democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Fresh off the 28-year-old’s stunning primary win in June, she seemed to mix up the two major parties in the United States.

In a video that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) posted to Twitter, the New York congressional candidate said she was going to help flip a Kansas district blue.

“We’re here in Kansas City to rally for Brent Welder,” she said of the Democratic candidate from Kansas City. But then the gaffe came as she appeared to mistake red as the color for the Democratic Party.

“Gonna flip this seat red in November,” she added.


The clip created some confusion online, including among a former adviser for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:

Some suggested Ocasio-Cortez might have meant to say “red” for the color that communists used:

“Seems to me if they’re going to ‘Flip the seat Red’ for the Dem Socialist Party,” one person tweeted.

They were referring to the fact that Ocasio-Cortez belonged to the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization that favored “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.”

That wasn’t the first apparent gaffe from Ocasio-Cortez. As IJR previously noted, the rising Democratic star also appeared to criticize Israel despite not knowing much about the nation’s conflict with Palestine.


After lamenting Israeli settlements and claiming that Palestinians faced difficulty accessing their homes, PBS asked her if she could expand on that.

“I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said with a giggle.

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