Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says she is considering quitting politics despite an easy re-election campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview with The New York Times that she has considered retiring from politics in spite of her victory because of supposed hostility to her radical agenda in the Democratic Party.
“I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Blaze. “It’s the stress. It’s the violence.”
She went on: “It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy.”
The schism between more traditional Democrats and far-left radicals has been present for years, but only with the likely defeat of President Donald Trump in the election is that schism beginning to really surface.
Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” of progressives represent a movement in the Democratic Party that embraces radical leftist ideas and, most notably, socialist thinking on many issues. Some say it’s that thinking that’s scaring away moderate voters — and that cost Democrats seats in the House this year.
It seems AOC is growing weary of the never-ending fight. “I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same,” she told the Times.
One thing is for sure: the only party that would lose anything from Ocasio-Cortez leaving politics is the Republican Party. As even some Dems have admitted, the far-left ideas that Ocasio-Cortez is throwing into the mainstream seem to be driving voters to the GOP in droves.
Fight for the future
For now, Ocasio-Cortez will continue promoting “Democratic Socialism” and try to move the Democratic Party further to the left. And she may have just gotten a boost in that regard.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is often seen as the face of the traditional Democrat Party, may lose her position in leadership, CBS reports. If Pelosi is removed, Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts will have a huge opportunity to seize power.
The two wings of the Democrat Party will not be able to coexist, especially with the boogeyman of Trump seemingly deposed.
A referendum on the future for the Democrats seems imminent. The only question is: Will AOC be a part of it?