AOC’s Radical Campaign Agenda Now Embraced By 2020 Democrats
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was not in Motor City for this week’s Democratic primary debates — but she was there in spirit.
A year after the former bartender shot to prominence with an upset primary win over establishment Democrat Joe Crowley, many of her hard-left campaign planks are now gospel among top 2020 hopefuls.
“We must have and adopt a Green New Deal,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., declared Wednesday night in Detroit.
In fact, her original campaign site is plastered with policies that, in 2018, were mostly on the fringes of the party — from abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to health care for all. Today, they’re mainstream.
Ocasio-Cortez has also been a leading proponent of the Green New Deal — a massive government-led overhaul of the economy meant to transform America into a zero-emissions country while also encompassing jobs guarantees, free housing and a wealth of other democratic socialist goodies.
“It’s time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal – a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment,” her campaign website said.
This year, a resolution calling for the Green New Deal was sponsored by several top 2020 candidates, including Harris.
On Tuesday, Sanders and Warren were unapologetic in their support of not only the Green New Deal but also Medicare-for-all, abolishing private insurance, health care for illegal immigrants and decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
On Wednesday, candidates including Harris, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro all staked out similar positions — and took aim at the more centrist former Vice President Joe Biden when he opposed such far-left policies.
The debate followed a trend set at the prior round of debates last month, in which candidates rose their hands almost unanimously to provide health care to illegal immigrants.
Republicans could barely believe their candor, with President Trump declaring the moment “the end of the race.”
A number of other candidates went on to raise their hands for a question asking whether they would decriminalize illegal border crossings.
A number of the more moderate candidates — such as Biden, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — have pushed back.
Moderates also called for a transfer of American energy to renewals, as the Green New Deal demands, even if they disagreed with the time frame or the method on how to achieve it.
Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on Tuesday by tweeting her thoughts from the sidelines, and was apparently not pleased with those trying to stake out a more moderate position on health care. …
She was also not pleased with the denigration by moderates of the Green New Deal after Hickenlooper called the inclusion of a federal jobs guarantees program a “distraction.”
“Calling the consideration of working people in climate policy a ‘distraction’ is what is truly unsustainable + unrealistic,” she said.
The dive to the AOC side of the political spectrum has left some members of the field pessimistic about the party’s 2020 chances.
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