When progressive U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had an opportunity to address her party during this week’s Democratic National Convention, she made the most of it.
The far-left firebrand ignored Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in her remarks and used the opportunity to nominate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, as reported by the New York Post.
“Second the nomination”
An independent senator from Vermont, Sanders collected enough delegates during the Democratic presidential primary to earn such roll call acknowledgment during the convention.
Though Ocasio-Cortez’s address lasted only about 90 seconds, it was arguably the most controversial of the evening’s lineup.
“I hereby second the nomination for Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” she stated, concluding a short speech that listed a series of progressive ideals supported by the longtime senator.
A number of media outlets soon questioned the move, prompting a response from Ocasio-Cortez. She explained that she had been chosen to deliver the procedural nomination according to party rules and reiterated her support for Biden in the presidential race.
“If you were confused, no worries!” she tweeted. “Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold.”
“Obvious and blatantly misleading”
She went on to deliver her “deepest congratulations” to Biden, who was officially nominated this week, and called on her party to “go win in November.”
Ocasio-Cortez also responded to NBC News, which posted a tweet on the matter that the media giant later removed.
“In one of the shortest speeches of the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden,” the now-deleted NBC tweet stated. The company subsequently issued a late-night retraction, but the congresswoman made it clear that she did not believe it was sufficient.
“You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet,” she tweeted. “It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion.”
At the end of the day, however, she still had an opportunity to address the convention and opted against mentioning the nominee’s name. She might use technicalities to deny snubbing Biden, but the evidence nevertheless suggests a serious rift between her far-left position and her party’s establishment candidate.