Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) returned to her criticism of the Democratic Party’s establishment on Monday, declaring the Democrats a center- or center-right party.
In an interview at MLK Now 2020 in New York, the freshman congresswoman lamented the unwillingness of party leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to allow progressive priorities such as “Medicare For All” to reach the floor for a vote.
“We don’t have a left party in the United States,” the congresswoman said. “The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party.”
“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare For All. Not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party,” she told interviewer, journalist and best-selling author, Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Herself and other progressive lawmakers, she added, are “working to try to make that shift happen.”
“We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center, or a center-conservative party”
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 20, 2020
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