AOC makes excuses why leftist radicalism lost as progressives come under fire

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unloaded on critics of “progressivism” in a lengthy thread on social media.

The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist from New York took to Twitter Friday to make excuses and call out Democratic candidates who are “blaming progressives for their problems.” After winning a second term this week, Ocasio-Cortez claimed she could find no “compelling evidence” to show that progressives hurt the Democratic Party.

“There are folks running around on TV blaming progressivism for Dem underperformance,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“I was curious, so I decided to open the hood on struggling campaigns of candidates who are blaming progressives for their problems,” she added. “Almost all had awful execution on digital. DURING A PANDEMIC.”

The “Squad” member cited “underinvestment” as a reason for some of the challenges Democratic candidates faced, claiming some spent nothing on digital campaigns while others spent funds “in very poor ways.”

“If I spent only $12k on TV the week before an election & then blamed others after, you’d ask questions. That’s how it looks seeing this,” she wrote.

Essentially dismissing the radical rhetoric and agendas that the Party’s left spewed over the last few months,  Ocasio-Cortez looked at other factors such as the “decision to stop knocking doors” as a factor in underperforming campaigns.

Noting that Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan “never stopped” their outreach she suggested it may “have helped delivered a Biden Presidency.”

“There are swing seat Dem incumbents who cosponsored the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, etc and if I’m not mistaken every single one won re-election,” she added.

“So the whole ‘progressivism is bad’ argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence that I’ve seen,” the congresswoman wrote. “When it comes to ‘Defund’ & ‘Socialism’ attacks, people need to realize these are racial resentment attacks. You’re not gonna make that go away. You can make it less effective.”

She targeted the ” hand-wringing about slight” increases in voter turnout by “people of color” for Republican candidates, claiming there is an answer to that as well, and it has nothing to do with the far-left policies progressives were pushing.

She concluded her defense of “progressivism” by laughably reminding Democrats that “finger pointing is not gonna help.”

Whether or not the party “is open” to progressives remains to be seen, especially if Joe Biden secures the election and is sworn in as president.

Plenty of Twitter users reacted to Ocasio-Cortez’s social media thesis with a stark reminder of the massacre that may be coming in 2022 midterms.

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