Why is AOC so hopelessly stupid

Trump's new opponents are young, left-wing and full of anger

TV presenter Joe Scarborough is at least enthusiastic. The MSNBC Morgenmann, who was once a Republican, firmly believes in the Democrats' chances of winning in the coming rounds of the election against Donald Trump and his party.

Scarborough draws his trust from the progressive energy of the party left, which has spread in many member states in recent weeks and months. Her figurehead is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina from the Bronx in New York. The former bartender surprisingly won the primary election in June against Joseph Crowley, a 56-year-old white politician who has represented the constituency in the US House of Representatives for 20 years.

Woke Nation instead of Tea Party

Crowley had no chance against the lively, good-looking Ocasio-Cortez. Scarborough believes that the left's optimistic mood could help the party across the country. In a tweet he called the movement Woke Nation on Tuesday and compared it to the Tea Party that helped the Republicans under Barack Obama to victory. Only the Woke Nation will be more pragmatic than the Tea Party, he tweeted:

2010 Tea Party, Meet 2018 Woke Nation. As in 2010, the most energized wing of the party will win in November. The 2020 Democratic Party will be more pragmatic than the Tea Party and win the White House. Just wait and see. https://t.co/cFQAo3VjEt— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 24, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez made her first appearance as a national campaigner last week in Kansas. The political star appeared in Wichita, the stronghold of the conservative Koch brothers, together with Bernie Sanders. She now wants to prove "that an honest, bottom-up and lobbyist-free movement for the working class can be successful anywhere."

Socialist demands

Ocasio-Cortez and the candidate who lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race have one thing in common: They are members of the left wing organization Democratic Socialists. In Kansas, they demanded a free health insurance fund they call Medicare for all, a minimum wage of $ 15, free college, no private prisons, and the abolition of the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The party left has already convinced established politicians with their concerns. The highly controversial abolition of ICE, for example, is supported by almost all currently traded candidates for the presidential race for 2020, such as Senators Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York).

"Oversized Influence"

The left wave is driven not so much by program items as by anger. The hated presidency of Donald Trump reminds the progressive party base every day that the democratic establishment forced a hopelessly weak candidate on it in 2016. Now they revolt.

Expressly left-wing candidates have so far achieved limited success in the primary rounds for the November congressional elections. Only Ocasio-Cortez managed to defeat an established moderate. Nevertheless, «progressive energy» has an «oversized influence on the national political discussion», judges the New York Times.

Risk of demonization

The wave scares many. "Please, Democrats, don't lose your head and rush to the socialist left," warns ex-FBI director James Comey on Twitter, who wants nothing more than a defeat for Trump's Republicans:

Democrats, please, please don't lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America's great middle wants sensitive, balanced, ethical leadership. - James Comey (@Comey) July 22, 2018

Trump and the Republicans are leaving no stone unturned to brand their opponents as extremist socialists. She dismiss Ocasio-Cortez as an ignoramus because she once stuttered over a question about Palestine. The demand for the abolition of ICE, says the right, would amount to completely open borders.

Trial of strength comes in 2020

Political trend watchers still believe that the Democrats will take over a majority in the House of Representatives next November. Because candidacies are mostly adapted to local conditions, this prognosis could come true despite the national slide to the left.

The decisive test of power will come in 2020, however. If the Democrats want to prevent right-wing populist Trump from re-election, they will have to build a left-wing populist alternative by then. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too young for that, but she shows which contours are in demand.

(L'essentiel / Martin Suter)

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