Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) said in an interview released Monday that the Democratic Party “can be too big of a tent” and that Joe Biden did not belong in her party.
The freshman congresswoman told New York magazine that the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s membership standards are far too lax.
“They let anybody who the cat dragged in call themselves a progressive. There’s no standard,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that the same goes for the Democratic Party. “Democrats can be too big of a tent.”
Asked for a profile by New York Magazine about what role she might play as a member of Congress should Biden capture the White House, the freshman House Democrat from New York responded with a groan.
“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”
The remarks by Ocasio-Cortez represent a fresh repudiation of Biden, who spent decades in the Senate before serving as vice president. He is widely seen as the standard-bearer in the 2020 race for moderate Democrats and has voiced opposition to progressive legislation championed by Ocasio-Cortez and her allies.
The congresswoman — who has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the party’s nominating contest — previously launched what was widely viewed as a thinly veiled attack against Biden’s climate change proposals at an event in Washington in May.
“I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives. That is too much for me,” Ocasio-Cortez said, after Reuters had reported that Biden was crafting a “middle ground approach” to combating the global threat.
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