After throwing all her weight behind the socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) confirmed this week that she will support former Vice President Joe Biden if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Speaking with late-night comedian Seth Meyers on his show Thursday, the congresswoman stated that she thinks it’s “important” that Democrats unite in November regardless of who gets the nomination, even if that nomination goes to a 77-year-old white man who was hand-picked by the establishment and who accepts money from America’s billionaire class.
“I’ve said throughout this entire process that what is so important is that we ultimately unite behind who that Democratic nominee is,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the show, as reported by HuffPost.
The congresswoman added that she believes this to be a “two-way street” and denounced both sides who said they would not support the other if they were the nominee.
“And I think it’s a two-way street,” she said. “I’ve been concerned by some folks that say if Bernie’s the nominee, they won’t support him, and the other way around. This is more important than all of us. We really need to make sure that we defeat Donald Trump at the polls, assuming, and knowing, how insane it’s going to get between now and then.”
The socialist congresswoman’s statement regarding the potential nominee is markedly different than what she said in January when she scolded the Democratic Party establishment from catering to conservative interests and supporting moderates over true-believers.
“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party. So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does,” she told NY Mag. “I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left.”
“Democrats can be too big of a tent,” she later added. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”
Bernie Sanders also pledged on Thursday that he would support Joe Biden if he were the nominee.
“Joe Biden is a decent guy, and I know if he wins the nomination, I will be there for him,” he said. “And if I win, he will be there for me.”
So, essentially, the two socialists who claim to stand up for working-class Americans and who denounce political corruption are now ready to support a man whose son earned $50,000 a month working for a Ukrainian energy company possibly because of Joe Biden’s status as Vice President.
President Trump has capitalized on the two-faced nature of the Bernie Sanders campaign by characterizing him as a man who talks a big game but ultimately becomes a “good puppy” when the party leaders want him to be. That was true with Hillary Clinton in 2016 (“sick of hearing about your damn emails”) and is true in 2020.
“I was surprised, when Bernie got beaten up last time, that he went out and endorsed Hillary and went around and did like a good puppy, like he’s supposed to do,” Trump told Sean Hannity this week. “I was a little surprised at that.”
“And, even this time, he was saying about how wonderful – Joe Biden’s a wonderful guy, wonderful man,” Trump concluded. “And I’m a little bit surprised by – it’s almost like he’s – I don’t know if he’s admitting defeat. He might be. But I watched him yesterday saying – or just a little while ago, saying very good things about sleepy Joe Biden. And I was a little bit surprised.”
Aside from Sanders losing, Occasio-Cortez also had a rough night on Super Tuesday when the candidates she backed all failed to deliver.
“Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may have been the biggest loser on Super Tuesday as all of the candidates that she backed, including socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), did not live up to her hype of them,” reported The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra this week. “Ocasio-Cortez recently started her own far-left group called “Courage to Change” to take on establishment Democrats, and none of the candidates she backed ended up performing very well.”