Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be in danger of losing some of her support among liberals with her decision to increasingly align herself with anti-liberal activist Linda Sarsour. The Democratic candidate’s rift with her liberal supporters really showed itself online on the first day of the chaotic Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, when Ocasio-Cortez held up Sarsour as a “woman putting it all on the line for healthcare, women & LGBT+ rights.”
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez and Sarsour headlined the 16th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America, where the two took the stage to promote women’s rights and progressive values, despite the event being reportedly segregated and the women who attended almost uniformly wearing hijabs. About a week after the event, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to praise Sarsour after she got herself arrested for interrupting the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings Monday.
“Our future is a shared responsibility,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez. “This woman putting it all on the line for healthcare, women & LGBT+ rights is @lsarsour. The far right constantly maligns her w/ false attacks + threats of violence. Yet here she is, as always, fighting for everything our flag represents.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Sarsour is clearly raising eyebrows with many, including some self-described liberals, who cite Sarsour’s anti-liberal positions, including her promotion of Islamic law, association with anti-Semitic and radical figures, and her attacks on female activists critical of Islam as evidence that she does not truly embrace the liberal agenda.
Below are some of the responses to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, which were almost entirely negative, including several from self-described liberals (and even one guy who apparently really doesn’t like The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro) (h/t Twitchy):