New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the November 3 election is about “survival”—and not just about supporting Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign—following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
Ocasio-Cortez urged progressive Democrats and moderate liberals alike to organize their communities and “act in solidarity” ahead of the upcoming November elections. The freshman lawmaker, who is also seeking re-election, said there is no single politician who can help provide protection for America’s most vulnerable residents.
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But she said a vote for Biden and other Democrats will offer respite for minorities and low-wage workers who may not survive the attacks she says will come from another four years of the Trump administration.
“November is about survival,” the Democrat often referred to as “AOC” said Friday evening on Instagram. “Voting for Joe Biden is no longer about whether you agree with him. It’s a vote to let our democracy live another day.”
She urged disenchanted voters and others who are on-the-fence about voting for Biden to pull together in a show of unity that will “save lives.”
Ocasio-Cortez, in a grave plea for Democratic Party solidarity in the hours following Ginsburg’s death, said President Donald Trump has “no regard for the dignity of human life.” She accused his administration of threatening to eradicate democracy in the United States.
“We need to act in solidarity and protection for the most vulnerable people in our society who have already experienced the violent repercussions of this administration,” Ocasio Cortez, a longtime supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, continued in her social media address Friday night. “The political middle is wiling to sacrifice immigrants, the political middle too often is willing to play both sides when somebody dies to police violence, that’s why we need to show up. Because if we don’t show up, those people don’t get protected.”
She cited transsexual Americans, Amazon workers in “unsafe conditions,” immigrants, and people who aren’t making a living wage “working at McDonald’s” as examples of groups who can’t undergo a second Trump term.
“On the left, there’s a lot of—there’s a huge diversity, right? And we get mad at each other. That’s the way it is because it’s incredibly frustrating. I get incredibly frustrated. You all know I get incredibly frustrated with my own party, too. We all have our disagreements. And that’s fine because we all recognize that November—frankly I wish it wasn’t like this; it only serves to highlight the brokenness of our entire system—but whether we like it or not, November’s about survival. November’s about survival.”
Ocasio-Cortez said Trump has “no regard for law, no regard for justice,” despite the president’s re-election campaign once again touting itself as the “law and order” platform. “He has no regard for anything unless it personally helps him and his power and his money and that of the Republican establishment. That’s just what it is. It’s just what it is.”
Newsweek reached out to both the Trump and Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for additional remarks Saturday afternoon.
Sanders, who Ocasio-Cortez supported during the Democratic presidential primary against Biden, echoed her accusations that Trump is an “authoritarian” Saturday in his own tweets criticizing the president.