Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call to action unifies Democratic moderates and progressives
AOC calls for party unity, perhaps in a way Biden has failed to do during his run for President.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY) has managed to unify Democratic moderates and leftist on the issue of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Her death raises several implications, especially after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) announced the Senate will move forward with voting on President Donald Trump’s appointment for her replacement.
AOC, regarded as one of the most powerful voices within the Democratic party, immediately took to Twitter in response to Ginsburg’s death. Her thread was a call-to-action for all Democrats, that the time is now to unite and mobilize.
“Our first, no 1 priority is to do everything possible to secure electoral college victory in Nov.,” AOC wrote.
“This is the fight of and for our lives. That has always been true, & it becomes more true each day. Opponents of democracy need your resignation to succeed. Don’t give it to them,” she continued.
Later that night, she went live on Instagram, in an IG Story that was seen by millions across social media.
Here’s what we’re NOT gonna do: give up.
We don’t give up when people need us most. That’s not who we are.
Our democracy is at a faint heartbeat; it was broken even before Trump. But so long as we can save lives, I believe we have an obligation to do so as we build a new world. pic.twitter.com/QBGqflpihC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 19, 2020
It was within this story that AOC made the most poignant case for voting on Election Day, directed mostly at young, leftist voters who had seen a leader in Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and are undecided on Biden.
“Voting for Joe Biden is not about whether you agree with him. It’s a vote to let our democracy live another day. That’s what this is about. We need to act in solidarity and protection for the most vulnerable people in our society who have already experienced the violent repercussions of this administration,” AOC said.
“And the reason we need to do that is because yes, the political middle is willing to sacrifice immigrants. The political middle, too often, is willing to play both sides when someone dies to police violence. Absolutely. That’s why we need to show up. We need to show up, because if we don’t show up those people don’t get protected,” she continued.
“You are the answer. Mass movements are the answer. Millions of people are the answer. You are the answer. Let this movement radicalize you,” AOC went on to say.
The next day, AOC joined Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a press conference on how the party will fight to keep the Supreme Court vacancy until after the 2020 Election.
Here, AOC asked that Democrats mobilize on an unprecedented scale to pressure McConnell, and that he is “playing with fire.”
AOC: Our reproductive rights are on the line. Our labor rights are on the line. Our right to healthcare is on the line. Labor and union protections are on the line. Our climate is on the line... pic.twitter.com/AILacPUkvl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 20, 2020
She isn’t solely addressing young leftist voters in the statement. This is a call to action for the entire Democratic party.
By having AOC stand with him, CNN reported it as a reflection of Schumer’s knowledge that AOC may pose a threat to him in a 2022 Democratic primary. Schumer’s own increasingly leftist policies in any case are a sign of the rising power of the liberal left.
In any case, AOC’s advocacy is a win for the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, who has struggled to gather mass appeal among leftists, and the young Latinx demographic in particular.