When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
This week, AOC spent much of her time opining on the ongoing COVID-19 issue. She recently weighed in on the crisis and also gave her thoughts on the failure of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to secure the Democratic nomination.
AOC Explains Why Bernie Sanders Lost
Sen. Sanders enjoyed the frontrunner status – perhaps even presumptive nominee status – in the Democratic primaries after positive showings in the early voting states. However, former Vice President Joe Biden quickly regained the lead after he scored a decisive victory in South Carolina and a string of wins on Super Tuesday.
Biden’s comeback came as a surprise to many, and since Super Tuesday, he ratcheted up his momentum. Sanders recently dropped out of the race, concluding he did not have a viable path to victory. And AOC knows why.
“Senator Sanders did very well with Latino electorates and Latino voters,” she said. You know, I think his campaign made a very strong effort to understand us.”
While Ocasio-Cortez noted the former candidate’s overtures toward Latino voters, she also acknowledged his failure to reach the black community. “I do think, clearly, there wasn’t enough work done with outreach in the black electorate – black electorates in particular,” she asserted, stating that “South Carolina was a huge tipping point” for the former vice president.
Is AOC Right?
AOC is correct in her assessment: Black voters are primarily responsible for Sanders’ defeat. From the beginning of the race, Biden dominated his competition when it comes to African American support. While some have assumed that his connection to former President Barack Obama accounted for his support, there is another factor that better explains this issue.
The reality is that the majority of black Americans do not consider themselves to be far-leftists. Indeed, a recent Pew Research poll revealed that:
“More black Democratic voters continue to characterize their views as moderate rather than liberal. In 2019, 43% of black Democrats called themselves moderate, 29% called themselves liberal and 25% called themselves conservative.”
AOC was right to say that Sanders failed to reach out to black Americans, but if she believes that this was the only reason they did not support the socialist candidate, she’s woefully mistaken. Black voters would much rather support a candidate who is seen as moderate than back an individual who openly calls himself a socialist.
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