Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and socialism, explained
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the newest political figure everyone loves or loves to hate. From her ‘Green New Deal’ proposal to combat climate change to her clapbacks against Trump and her critics, here’s how AOC danced her way into the spotlight.
“President Donald Trump showed in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he plans to run for re-election by attacking socialism – including going after figures popular with the fired-up Democratic base like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
After Trump warned about “new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Republicans circulated photos of Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders and other stone-faced lawmakers who “refused to stand” during parts of the speech.
“It’s creeping throughout the entire party,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Radio Wednesday. “It will be a theme in 2020.”
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez – who both call themselves “Democratic socialists” – fought back. They accused Trump of putting a scary label on positions that are publicly popular, such as guaranteed health care.”
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