Hillary Clinton vs Ocasio-Cortez: A microcosm of bitter split in the Democrat Party

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The Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders divide within the Democratic Party lives on.

Failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton weighed in on the Michigan primary one day before voters go to the polls, but she did not endorse the same candidate as did the party’s newest darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Clinton endorsed former Obama administration official Haley Stevens in a crowded primary race in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, the support coming after the self-avowed democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez endorsed candidate Fayrouz Saad.

Saad, a former Department of Homeland Security official, would be the first Muslim women to be elected in the House, which must carry more political weight with the radical left than a former Obama staffer.

Democrats see this seat as being key to retaking the majority in the House. President Donald Trump narrowly carried the suburban Detroit district in 2016 and incumbent Republican, Rep. Dave Trott, is retiring.

Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional nominee from New York, is traveling around the country endorsing candidates — before being officially elected herself — all because of the rock star reception she received by openly embracing socialism.

While there may be a valid argument over whether socialism is an established pillar of the party, many Democrats remain hesitant about publicly acknowledging this.

The hard-left base of the party fell in love with Ocasio-Cortez, but she has received a much cooler reception from more established Democrats.

In addition to Clinton countering Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement in the Michigan race, former President Barack Obama released a long list of candidates he’s endorsing last week and Ocasio-Cortez’s name was conspicuously absent.

The proud socialist has been embraced by Sanders, who was railroaded in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary by party officials loyal to Clinton.

A recent West Coast trip saw Ocasio-Cortez being snubbed by high-profile Democrat donors and Hollywood celebrities.

Some chalk it up to Ocasio-Cortez’s inexperience and poor campaign infrastructure to engage in the appropriate outreach, while other suggest it’s the candidate doing the snubbing.

Either way, Ocasio-Cortez looks to be the standard-bearer in a bitter contest between radical left Democrats and the more moderate faction of the party — the scariest part being that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton represent the “moderate” wing.

 

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