How desperate is Sen. Bernie Sanders to turn the tide in the Democratic Primary?
Desperate enough to apparently convince fellow socialist and ardent supporter Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. to appear on Fox News — Sanders’ campaign said recently that the network is has treated them “more fair.”
Making her debut on the network, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on Thursday on “Special Report,” which is hard news program, as opposed to an opinion-based show, and was quick to prove that for the progressive left, the parameters of the blame game don’t change much when battling other Democrats.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier cited a rally Sanders held at the University of Michigan ahead of Tuesday’s vote that drew a large crowd of 10,000 people to stress that young people don’t show up at the polls on election day.
“It was like a rock star status,” Baier said. “But those kids did not show up, at least if you look at the numbers — just overall this race. So, how can you say the progressive position is still prevailing nationwide when Joe Biden is winning so much?”
The former vice president won Michigan by 16.5%, even though Sanders carried the state over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
AOC had a ready answer — “voter suppression.”
In effect, the lawmaker said younger Democrats feel they are above standing in lines, as she referenced long lines seen in some places on Tuesday.
“Well, I think one thing that we — that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Right there in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan. And so when we talk about who’s turning out and who’s not turning out, we absolutely…”
Baier interrupted to clarify, “So, just to be clear, you’re saying that you think voters didn’t get to vote that wanted to vote in Michigan?”
“Absolutely,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “Obviously there’s also more that we need to do in terms of turning out youth voters. We need to make sure that we’re inspiring young people to turn out, but when you do turn out, you should not be waiting three, four, seven hours in order to vote. And that causes people to leave.”
Fox News viewers, who are accustomed to the left leveling voter suppression claims when losing to Republicans, had to be doing a double take to hear Ocasio-Cortez use the strategy in a Democratic primary.
Interestingly, Fox News had the former bartender and freshman Democrat on to talk about the coronavirus, and AOC felt compelled to justify her break from “principle” to appear on the network by explaining as much.
Hey all, wanted to drop a📝 for accountability.
I usually don’t go on FOX on principle, but misinformation about coronavirus has made me concerned about risk.
As a result I decided to go on @BretBaier to discuss coronavirus response + make the case for paid leave, Medicaid, etc
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 12, 2020
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
She is living in a world detached from reality.
— Dan Goldwasser (@dgoldwas) March 12, 2020
7 hours???? I’m pretty sure these “youth voters” aren’t waiting 7 hours or even 1 hour. Unless some kind of soy beverage is waiting for them at the end of it all.
— 10 x 0 = Banana (@SamuraiJW) March 12, 2020
If by “voter suppression” she means “slept in, played video games with the dorm folks while drinking & smoking, lost track of time, & realized that they’d have to stand in line so why bother at all” then yes. There was voter suppression.
— Miss Gray (@BetsieGray) March 13, 2020
Have these people ever heard of early voting
— Lisa (@Dallas_TXGirl) March 12, 2020
she used to claim she wouldn’t go on a ‘far-right propaganda’ network like fox news & if these supposed numbers of hers are correct, how would she know all of these suppressed votes would have gone to sanders?
political opportunism is a non-partisan issue & always will be.
— sophie ya (@sophiiefatale) March 13, 2020
I live in Michigan, there is literally no voter suppression. Bernie didn’t get the black vote (their wording, not mine) and Bernie voted against the replacement for NAFTA . So, by her standards, she is supporting a racist candidate who cannot get the black vote.
— Sharon M, MI (@smich61) March 13, 2020
Somehow the Biden voters were able to vote. Does she even listen to herself?
— Ken (@danic_98) March 12, 2020
Wow, AOC is on Fox attacking Biden. What a fall. She’s toast.
— John Deau (@jdeau9) March 13, 2020
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