Sparks fly as Dem takes on AOC, says she has ‘no standing’ to criticize competitive races
In the aftermath of Election 2020, the political infighting between so-called moderate Democrats and the more influential far-left cohort continues. The latest example occurred in New York, where the chair of the state Democrat Party has scolded U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being too radical for most voters in competitive districts.
“AOC has no standing on how to run a general election in the suburbs and upstate. AOC is in a district that’s 6-1 Democrat and she couldn’t find a Republican in her district with binoculars. I invite AOC to come to Long Island and stand for election in one of our districts. You’ll see different results,” Democrat Jay Jacobs told the New York Post.
Jacobs went on to insist that voters outside of deep blue areas, such as the Bronx-area district that AOC represents, in the state are fundamentally turned off by socialism, efforts to defund the police, and other progressive agenda items held near and dear by AOC and her ideologically extreme colleagues. Jacobs also maintained that the Dems needed victories in suburban and upstate New York areas to win a majority in the state senate in 2018.
“After Democrats underperformed expectations on Election Day, moderate House Democrats lashed out at their liberal colleagues in a caucus-wide conference call for advancing an agenda that, they say, cost the party a number of seats,” The Hill noted.
While the corporate media would have you believe that Joe Biden already won the presidency even without the necessary legal certification taking place, the GOP was picking up seats in the U.S. House as alluded to above, is apparently on track to hold the U.S. Senate, and has solidified its hold on many state legislatures, in part because of the long coattails of President Donald Trump.
“In New York, Republicans were leading Democratic incumbents and others running in vacant seats in the machine count for congressional races on Long Island and Staten Island and about a half dozen state senate races. But about 1.5 million absentee ballots are still being counted that could tilt the outcome,” the Post added.
Republicans have now flipped 9 seats in the House:
CA-48 Michelle Steel
FL-27 Maria Elvira Salazar
FL-26 Carlos Gimenez
IA-01 Ashley Hinson
MI-03 Peter Meijer
MN-07 Michelle Fischbach
NM-02 Yvette Herrell
OK-05 Stephanie Bice
SC-01 Nancy Mace
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) November 12, 2020
While lamenting the alleged lack of support within the Democrat Party, AOC has generally dismissed complaints such as those raised by Jacobs and others as divisive “Republican narratives.”
In a tweet, AOC separately blamed the Democrats’ underperformance on a lackluster social media strategy.
There are folks running around on TV blaming progressivism for Dem underperformance.
I was curious, so I decided to open the hood on struggling campaigns of candidates who are blaming progressives for their problems.
Almost all had awful execution on digital. DURING A PANDEMIC.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of AOC’s “Squad” cronies, and who also represents a solid blue district, has also grumbled that centrist Democrats are trying to silence her because she insists on advocating for left-wing policies.
With so many House districts created by partisan gerrymandering, it’s generally an uphill battle for seats to flip from one party to another, however. The GOP is nonetheless chipping away at Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat majority in the chamber.