Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., stated Democrats made a “mistake” by not using her and fellow progressives throughout the Virginia gubernatorial race, the place Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
During an interview with The New York Times revealed Monday, Ocasio-Cortez complained that she wasn’t invited to marketing campaign with McAuliffe or assist out with the race in any manner.
AOC SAYS DEM ELECTION DAY LOSES RESULT OF RUNNING ‘FULLY 100% SUPER MODERATED CAMPAIGN’
“Before the Virginia elections, it was very clear that our help and our participation was not wanted or asked for, which is fine. I’m not here to tell people how to run their races,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “But at the same time, to consider the members here that have some of the tightest relationships to our political base as just a uniform liability – and not something that can be selectively deployed, or consulted, or anything – I think it’s just sad. I think it was a mistake.
“And we noticed a massive youth turnout collapse,” she continued. “Not a single particular person requested me to ship an electronic mail, not even to my very own record. And then they flip round and say, ‘It’s their fault.’ When I believe it was communicated fairly expressly that we had been unwelcome to pitch in.
“The idea that we just accept a collapse in youth turnout – and essentially turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy – in times when races are decided by such narrow margin points: I think it’s ill advised,” she added.
McAuliffe, who beforehand served one time period in the Virginia governor’s seat from 2014 to 2018, held onto a single-digit lead over Youngkin in the months main as much as Election Day, however was in the end defeated even after campaigning with President Biden, Vice President Harris, former President Obama, and different high Democrats.
The win for Youngkin is now seen as a referendum on Biden’s administration in addition to liberal ideologies which have unfold beneath his administration.
Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows earlier this month after she claimed Youngkin received the election as a result of McAuliffe ran a “100% super moderated campaign” that did not “energize a progressive base.”
“Plus, on the election front. I actually think we have good news as well. I know that Virginia was a huge bummer,” she stated in a Nov. 3 Instagram story. “And honestly, if anything, I think that the results show the limits of trying to run a fully 100% super moderated campaign that does not excite speak to or energize a progressive base. And frankly, we weren’t even really invited to contribute on that race.”
Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.
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