AOC nominates Sanders, melee overshadows Biden nomination
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shattered the myth of Democrat unity on Tuesday night in using her 60-second speech to nominate socialist Bernie Sanders as Democrat candidate for President of the United States, creating a distraction on a night that was meant to highlight a Biden victory.
“I hereby second the nomination for Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” said AOC at the conclusion of her nominating speech.
All that came before, reports the New York Post, was the worst kind of invective about how brutal and terrible the United States is to everyone who is not white.
“In her socialist rhetoric-heavy address, she spoke about Sanders’ movement to ‘repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia’ and not once addressed Biden, 77, who will be crowned the party’s nominee,” the New York Post says.
“In fidelity and gratitude to a mass people’s movement working to establish 21st century social, economic, and human rights, including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages, and labor rights for all people in the United States; a movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia,” AOC said in her proration to the nomination before officially nominating Sanders.
Afterwards, AOC hit back in the idea that the speech was in anyway meant to undermine the candidacy of Joe Biden.
A tweet by NBC News, which the news outlet later deleted, called the nomination speech by AOC “one of the shortest of the DNC” and noted it only mentioned Sanders, not Biden.
“This is completely unacceptable, disappointing, and appalling,” AOC responded to the NBC tweet, saying the DNC shared the information with all the media as the nomination of Sanders was just part of the convention procedure.
But the context missing from her remarks is that the procedure of nominating another candidate where the nomination is decided is always embarrassing to nominees. It’s also something that progressives like AOC demanded two weeks ago when the matter was decided between progressives and the Biden camp.
That meeting was so contentious that a former Sanders co-chair, Nina Turner, likened voting for Biden to eating human excrement.
The Biden camp agreed to the progressive demands, and limited AOC’s remarks to just one minute, while trying to bury her on the DNC schedule.
It’s likely that the series of tweets by AOC, ripping NBC News, was pre-planned as a defense to cover Biden and AOC.
The melee overshadowed the fact that Joe Biden finally secured the nomination as the Democrat presidential candidate for the November election, a task that he’s been at for nearly 50 years.
And the progressive gambit of AOC nominating Sanders and using Twitter to blast detractors, was probably meant to overshadow that fact.
PHOTO: 2020 Democratic National Convention/YouTube
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