New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D) on Saturday praised Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) long history of fighting for working class people like her, saying that her early endorsement of the 2020 presidential candidate served as an “authentic decision to let people know how I feel and where I am.”
“As the senator mentioned, last February I was waitressing at a restaurant in downtown Manhattan and I didn’t have health insurance, and I wasn’t being paid a living wage, and I was facing sexual harassment at work, and to think now that I’m on the other side of this as a member of Congress, and understanding the pressures there are on the inside to conform,” Ocasio-Cortez told CBS News in an interview following a massive rally in New York City in which she officially endorsed Sanders. “And to have seen them and experience them firsthand, it’s astounded me that the senator has been there fighting for me, long before I got to the halls of Congress, and fighting for people like me.”
“Some folks want to look at this from a political strategy perspective. But for me, it’s just coming from an authentic place,” the former organizer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign added.
Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most outspoken members of the Democratic Caucus since becoming the youngest woman sworn into Congress in January. The freshman lawmaker has repeatedly raised issues related to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, climate change and taxes.
During the latest 2020 Democratic presidential debate, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “tax the rich,” as candidates debated policies such as Medicare For All, which has been a centerpiece of Sanders’ campaign.
Sanders’ rally in New York capped a week in which he scored endorsements from Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.). The endorsements came as fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) surges in the polls and becomes a frontrunner in the Democratic primary.
Asked Saturday about why she didn’t endorse Warren, Ocasio-Cortez said “the fact that [Sanders] has been fighting for these issues for so long struck me in a very personal way.”
“For me, this is not about ‘why not any other candidate,'” she said, adding that Sanders’s campaign was about creating a “mass movement.”
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