Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed in an interview that many moderate Democrats told her they are much more extreme in their views than they let on in public.
Ocasio-Cortez was speaking about the Democrats getting rid of moderate members in an interview with The Intercept.
“When I first got here,” she said in the interview, “quite a few members told me it’s an open secret that the more conservative members of the party quietly support primary challengers to certain progressives as well… so the way I kinda think about it is might as well be honest about it.”
The self-identified socialist Democrat was specifically referring to her support of a more liberal challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the few Democrats in Congress that are against abortion.
When asked about comments from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer saying Democrats could still be pro-life, Ocasio-Cortez was decidedly against the notion.
“He’s free to believe that obviously, I’m not here to say that he’s wrong,” she said.
“I’m saying we have different takes, and I think that an anti-choice position is a relic of our past and it is firmly in the Republican ideology, and I do not think that is what our party should be standing for,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded.
She said that Democrats were secretly supporting progressive primary alternates to moderate Democrats because of threats by Democratic leadership of retribution.
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