If you’re not a far-left socialist, you shouldn’t be able to debate public policy—according to self-proclaimed socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez, a bartender who surprisingly beat powerful longterm Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District’s Democratic primary last month, tweeted that she believed Republicans had forfeited the right to debate healthcare after supporting tax reform:
“New Rule: anyone that was Cool with the GOP inventing $2 trillion out of thin air for freebies for people with yachts that have tiny yachts inside doesn’t get to demand how we pay for people who need chemotherapy treatments.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet immediately went viral, with 150,000 likes and 36,000 retweets in a 24 hour window, suggesting strong support among the far-left.
Ocasio-Cortez’s nomination—and likely win, in a heavily Democratic district—shows how the Democratic Party has virtually abandoned the center, as the unhinged pro-Trump “Resistance” takes over the party.
But while socialism might play well among wealthy coastal Democrats, it might already be having a negative impact on party prospects in the rest of the country: according to a series of new polls from Axios, Democratic Senate candidates are struggling nationwide—to the extent that they have only a “narrow path” to take back the upper chamber.