Trump Calls On AOC to Run Against Schumer: ‘Big Improvement, She’d Win’
President urges Progressive Rep to take on Senate minority leader
President Donald Trump pushed progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run against Sen. Chuck Schumer, saying she would be a “big improvement” and likely win.
The Senate minority leader and AOC are both frequent critics of Trump.
Ocasio-Cortez faces her own primary challenger this year for her House seat.
But Trump critics argue that the president's call for Ocasio-Cortez to run is a strategy to divide the Democrats.
Actually, that would be a big improvement - and she would win! https://t.co/EzmOjNtYJS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Trump retweeted a Washington Times article that wrote that liberals “are kicking around the idea” of AOC challenging Schumer.
The paper noted that senior adviser to the Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, David Sirota, wrote, “Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the process of changing the corrupt, do-nothing, status-quo-protecting culture of the national Democratic Party is for @AOC to defeat @ChuckSchumer in a Democratic primary in 2022.”
But it isn't the first time Trump urged AOC to take on Schumer, earlier this year he urged AOC to “kick his a--.”
In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political establishment when she defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary before winning the general election.
Top Cop Nukes Pelosi and AOC: 'Defund Your Protection' Before Attacking Police— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) June 17, 2020
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Since then, she has become a hard progressive arm of the Democratic Party, calling for a “Green New Deal” and the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez was dropped from the progressive union-backed Working Families Party (WFP) ballot line by a Queens judge.
The far-left lawmaker was booted from the primary ballot after receiving only 13 signatures from members of the WFP - the progressive group that has dubbed itself the "Tea Party of the left."
The low number left AOC two short of what she needed to get on the ballot.
Now, she won’t be on the WFP ballot line in the November general election, either, says Martin O'Connor, the lawyer for AOC's Democrat opponent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.