Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the Democrat National Convention on Tuesday night, Aug. 18, and later blasted the media for misleading public about her remarks.
“This is a grassroots movement to reclaim our democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Sanders’s campaign in her 60-second speech.
“In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crisis of mass evictions, unemployment, and lack of health care, en el espíritu del pueblo [in the spirit of the people], and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez previously endorsed Sanders for president during the primaries. She has aligned herself with Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, and policies such as the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all.
Ocasio-Cortez later ripped into an NBC News tweet stating that she did not endorsed Biden during “one of the shortest speeches of the DNC.”
The outlet then clarified its report, saying that the congresswoman was “asked by the DNC to second Sanders’s nomination.”
“You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on others networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recored, routine procedural motion.”
You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet.
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. https://t.co/crDlEymgMD
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020
Biden officially became the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee on Tuesday night after an unconventional roll call vote of party delegates. Biden won over Sanders with 3,558 delegates to 1,151.
Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Biden in a tweet, saying, “I deeply look forward to fighting for out future together and reclaiming our democracy in November.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reacted to the news, claiming that the Democratic Party has been overtaken by progressives.
“It’s painfully obvious The Squad with @AOC, @BernieSanders, and Elizabeth Warren are in control of the Democratic Party’s legislative agenda. Joe Biden is merely along for the ride,” he tweeted.
“Putting AOC in the corner at the ≠DemocraticConvention will not hide the fact that she’s the co-pilot, along with other liberals, driving the agenda,” Graham added.
Putting AOC in the corner at the #DemocraticConvention will not hide the fact that she’s the co-pilot, along with other liberals, driving the agenda.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 19, 2020