Ocasio-Cortez Snubbed By Fellow Socialist Bernie Sanders
Vermont senator appears to be distancing himself from radical Democrat ahead of 2020
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has snubbed his former protege Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as he prepares for his 2020 presidential run.
AOC admitted that she wasn't invited to attend the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders' second presidential campaign.
The freshman lawmaker revealed the snub during a sitdown with NY1’s Errol Louis, host of “Inside City Hall,” for a Sunday interview that aired Tuesday night.
When asked whether she attended Sanders’ rally in Brooklyn on Saturday, she said: “I did not.
"Yesterday was my day to take care of myself.”
“I assume he asked you to be there,” Louis responded.
“Um, he, he didn’t, actually,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
“I think that we’ve been, uh, so we’ve been in active conversation.
"I’ve been speaking with him and several other of the 2020 (presidential) candidates.”
She went on to say that endorsing a candidate “very early in this race” prevents the Democratic Party from having conversations on issues like income inequality, criminal justice, immigration, and the environment.
She later conceded that she will eventually endorse a candidate before the New York Democratic primary.
The interview comes amid a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission this week that Ocasio-Cortez violated campaign finance law by being part of an "off-the-books operation" to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on candidates last year.
She denied the allegations on Tuesday.