Full Ocasio-Cortez: ‘There was a lack of listening on the ground’ in surprise NY primary


that sound you have heard on Tuesday night with the sound of a political earthquake in New York City that was really felt more so Washington Alexandria ocasio-cortez a twenty-eight-year-old political neophyte was not just anyone is currently the fourth ranking Democrat in the house queens and was seen by many as the next speaker of the house if Democrats won the majority well no more for the Progressive Party talking is your victory was the more you look at the changing face of the democratic party the more you wonder why didn’t all of us see this coming Alexandria ocasio-cortez you do at the general election but it is a pretty strongly Democratic seats so start with something that Nancy Pelosi said about your Victory earlier this week spray tan demographics in the rest of that within the caucus or outside the caucus it is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else means a lot more than just a primary win in the Bronx Hunter back to that there are a lot of districts in this country that are like New York 14 20 years in his representation has not and it’s not to say whether someone should be voted out or what it is but I think it definitely speaks to perhaps us evolving in our messaging and at least how we do things so I think that is that there are a lot of districts in America that are like New York 14 that would make you say you know what I’ll Stand Down this cycle and see what you see what you do and the fact that that is not happening you never saw him in your mind that there was certainly a lack of presence and that was a big part of of my win it was all there was I think I lack of listening on the ground the lack of going to the grocery store and saying hey how are you doing and that is an important part of representation because we have a lot of work I’ve got to do here in DC but that work needs to be rooted in the communities that we have been elected to represent some of your energy and some of the energy behind you and some of the energy by the other Progressive the Democratic Leadership I’m curious what was your reaction to Senator Cantwell earlier today and how she described how she would like to fight on the Supreme Court they’re especially with the Supreme Court we have senators and we have folks trying to figure out the strategy but in the meantime the messaging isn’t as clear to the communities that we’re trying to represent are we fighting or not and I still don’t have what you want to say you know for me I’m a fighter you know I’m always one for a Fight 2 special when we see what the GOP has done I feel like they’re kind of gaslighting the country wear when they want to fight when they want to bend and break the rules and stretched Constitution to its limits they’ll do it but when they’re on the other side of the table it’s lets you know let’s list make a right investigation going on with direct implications to the presidency and that presidency is talking about nominating a supreme court pick that is going to essentially hear this case out very unusual in this country what is the last time a president has been in this position so what do you want to do that you didn’t hear from Senator Cantwell and I think that that at the very least we need to if we are going to if this appointment is going to happen at the very least we can do is to lay the timeline and which Women’s Healthcare is going to be taking away delay the timeline and which are civil rights could potentially be further away how about some of your policy positions but generally which is a group The Democratic Socialist Embrace this label and I think in your time to the headline this morning the Millennials have embraced socialism what is your definition of Democratic Socialist and there’s so much focus on this endorsement but I also think it’s important that an important part of my strategy and with building abroad bass Coalition of people so while there’s a focus on this one aspect of the Coalition and to me you know to answer your question the definition of democratic socialism to me again is is the fact that in the modern moral and Welfare Society to live and to me that means every working-class American in this country should have access to dignified Healthcare should actually be able to see a doctor without going broke it means you should be able to send your kids to college and trade school if they if they so choose no person should feel precarious and their or instable in their access to Housing Authority condom Isabella ugly Europe in the past how do you how do you sell this to an older generation Posen ideology on all in a several hundred members of Congress but I do think that once again it’s not about selling an ism or an ideology or label or a color this about selling our values yourself or you don’t want that level I mean it’s part of what I am it’s not all of what I am and I think that that’s very important distinction I’m an educator I’m an organizer and I believe that what we’re really seeing system movement for Health Care housing and education in the United States secondly we need to see what is going on I think that it’s just premature for me to commit to any kind of decisions congratulations in your primary Victory I imagine we will see you back here again over here my lights and digital exclusive thanks for watching
In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Democratic House nominee Alexandria Ocastio-Cortez tells Chuck Todd that Democratic politics need to be more closely rooted in the communities that elected leaders serve.

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