Ocasio-Cortez's Popularity Sinks as She Blasts Trump, Pushes Socialism at SOTU
Democratic socialist receives negative ratings in new poll
As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines this week for bashing President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, a new poll reveals that the Democratic socialist's popularity has plummeted.
Aside from wearing white to "protest Trump" and pushing socialism during the president's annual speech, Ocasio-Cortez caused widespread controversy when she refused to react in support of Trump's pledge to fight child trafficking.
Despite the president's promise to tackle an issue that transcends partisanship, AOC remained stern as politicians on both sides of the aisle applauded in unison.
“Why should I be ‘spirited and warm’ for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?”
Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2019
Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future.
We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact. https://t.co/7bu3QXFMnC
According to NewsWeek, the new poll shows that more Americans have a negative than positive view of her, and fewer members of her own Democratic Party have heard of her than Republicans.
Only 27 percent of Americans adults had a favorable opinion of Ocasio-Cortez, while 32 percent had an unfavorable opinion of her, a CNN poll revealed.
Interestingly, 45 percent of Democrats said they had never heard of Ocasio-Cortez or had no opinion of her, topping the 33 percent of Republicans who said the same.
In less than a month in the House of Representatives, democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez has drawn massive attention for criticizing those who oppose her progressive platform.
One of the Bronx native's progressive policy proposals that has drawn particular attention is a 70 percent marginal tax rate on income of more than $10 million.
But the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, at age 29, has made plenty of headlines for her scathing remarks about her opponents and counterattacks from Republicans.
Close to 6 in 10 Americans had a view of her, either positive or negative, in the short time she has served.
Unsurprisingly, 58 percent of Republicans had a negative view of Ocasio-Cortez, and nearly half—49 percent—of Democrats had a favorable opinion of her.
But Ocasio-Cortez does not appear to be winning with independents either, with 35 percent holding an unfavorable view of her and only 23 percent having a favorable view.
During President Trump's powerful State of the Union speech, he declared that America will "never be a socialist country," a clear rebuke of a new generation of Democrats and socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y).
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump told Congress Tuesday night.
“We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
That warning came minutes after Trump brought Ocasio-Cortez — one of the most prominent young proponents of socialism to take office this year — and other Democratic women in the chamber to their feet by noting the record number of female lawmakers serving in Congress this year.
But he turned promptly to a rebuke of the insurgent ideologues, who have gained influence in the party since self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders mounted a stiff challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
“America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control,” Trump said.
The president anchored that domestic rebuke in the political sea change underway in Venezuela, where the United States and regional allies recognized opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the interim president, at the expense of strongman Nicolas Maduro.
“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair,” he said.