Varney on AOC: Why do the people of New York support someone who is killing their economy?
FOX Business’ Stuart Varney sounds off on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for killing jobs and ruining New York’s economy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., dismissed the idea that Americans' rejection of progressive policies cost Democrats a number of House seats in a series of tweets, saying all the swing-state Democratic incumbents who voted for the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all won reelection.
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A number of blue seats switched to red on and after Election Day in Florida, South Carolina, Minnesota and other states as election officials continue to count votes. Democrats have won 214 seats as of Friday morning compared with Republicans' 202. Another 19 seats remain undecided.
"There are swing-seat Dem incumbents who cosponsored the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, etc., and if I’m not mistaken, every single one won re-election," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "So the whole 'progressivism is bad' argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence that I’ve seen. When it comes to 'Defund' & 'Socialism' attacks, people need to realize these are racial resentment attacks."
Her comments come after Democratic members of Congress hosted a Thursday phone call in which they blamed the push for progressive policies such as the Green New Deal and reducing funding for police for the party's 2020 congressional election losses.
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Ocasio-Cortez, a 31-year-old freshman congresswoman and self-described democratic socialist who was reelected Tuesday to serve New York's 14th District, tweeted that she "decided to open the hood on struggling campaigns of candidates who are blaming progressives for their problems" and "almost all had awful execution on digital."
Ocasio-Cortez, who has helped transform the way politicians use social media, said blaming ideology is a "spicy" conversation that "a lot of people jump to," but she believes the real problem for failed Democratic campaigns lies in a lack of digital outreach spending.
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A combination of faulty polls and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's 2019 decision to blacklist two marketing firms for working with candidates they deemed too far-left also contributed to the disappointing performance, she said.