On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley was beaten in his primary by Democratic Socialist and liberal activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newcomer to politics. The Post further said it was the first primary challenge Crowley has seen in 14 years.
According to the Post:
Both the Associated Press and New York 1 project that Ocasio-Cortez has an insurmountable lead.
Crowley’s defeat is a political earthquake in New York City politics where political machines dominate low-turnout elections and incumbents often go unchallenged.
Crowley, the Post added, “had been considered a contender to take over leadership from Rep. Nancy Pelosi…”
How far-left is Ocasio-Cortez? The Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein tweeted a flyer with her policy positions:
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) June 27, 2018
The Daily Wire further noted:
Ocasio-Cortez’s positions reflect her hard-left socialist leanings; she favors Medicare for All as well as abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As Buzzfeed reports, “She’s backed by the Democratic Socialists of America and by Our Revolution, the group backed by Bernie Sanders. She spent the last weekend of the campaign in Texas, protesting President Donald Trump’s border policy.” Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Ocasio-Cortez had told BuzzFeed, “When it comes to power, we can’t just be tempted by power and money alone. What we need to do is be bold enough and courageous enough to choose leadership that takes no corporate money and advances health care, education, and housing for all.”
She also tweeted this about Israel defending itself:
This is a massacre.
I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such.
No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else.
Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore. https://t.co/wJGATOtDsR
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 14, 2018
And here she is calling for the abolition of ICE:
ICE is operating exactly as designed when it rips screaming children from parents. That’s exactly why we must abolish it.
We MUST have the moral and political courage to #abolishICE.
Weak half-measures do nothing. This is a defining moment of our time – the time to act is now. pic.twitter.com/0viiQ4qdz8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 19, 2018
Shortly before the primary, she traveled to McAllen, Texas, to protest Trump’s immigration policies:
In order for me to go to the border 2 days before the primary, our whole movement nationwide had to come together & hold it down in New York City.
Supporters drove in from OH, VA, MA & more. pic.twitter.com/UDy0GXGLMw
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 24, 2018
Donald Trump weighed in, saying that Crowley should have been nicer to him:
Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST his primary election. In other words, he’s out! That is a big one that nobody saw happening. Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
Breitbart’s Joel Pollack observed:
Ocasio-Cortez enjoyed the support of left-wing celebrities like Susan Sarandon, who hails from the area. Her campaign ads were sharp, innovative, and eye-catching. And she drew on widespread grassroots frustration with the Democratic Party establishment.
The left may have found a new standard-bearer — and Republicans may have found a new target.
By the way, the Democratic Socialists are the same bunch who attacked and harassed DHS head Kirstien Nielsen…
Ocasio-Cortez now faces Republican economics professor Anthony Pappas in the general election.
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