Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked political observers in June after defeating ten-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th district by nearly 14 points. The 29-year-old self-described socialist who has become known as the “Sarah Palin of the Left” has used her new national voice to stump for left-wing challengers to establishment Democrats in primaries across the country.
As the fresh face of the progressive left heads to Washington, here’s a look back at some of the congresswoman-elect’s hot-button statements made in media appearances along the campaign trail.
1. Capitalism in the Cross-hairs
“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” said Ocasio-Cortez in an interview on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover in July when pressed on why the unemployment rate was low in a capitalist system. “Unemployment is low because people are working sixty, seventy, eighty hours a week and can barely feed their kids.”
Ocasio-Cortez continued to argue the days of capitalism are numbered:
And so I do think that right now we have this no-holds-barred, wild-west hyper-capitalism. What that means is profit at any cost. Capitalism has not always existed in the world, and it will not always exist in the world. When this country started, we were not a capitalist [nation], we did not operate on a capitalist economy.
2. Backpedaling on Israel
In the same interview, Ocasio-Cortez also referred to the situation in Palestine as an “occupation” by Israel. When Hoover asked Ocasio-Cortez to clarify her position after pointing out the term “occupation” was controversial, Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston University, struggled to explain her comment. “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You know, for me, I’m a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue.”
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