A left leaning independent senator, who is making a tilt for presidency, promised a freshman congresswoman a key role in the White House if he is elected as president on Nov. 9, 2020.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) promised to give Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a crucial role in his administration if he wins the 2020 presidential election.
“If I am in the White House, she [Ocasio-Cortez] will play a very, very important role,” Sanders told ABC’s “The Briefing Room” program. “No question, in one way or the other, absolutely.”
Sanders congratulated Ocasio-Cortez’s short term in office for making a greater contribution to U.S. politics than any other sitting member of Congress.
“I don’t know of any person … who in the course of less than one year she’s been in office … has [had] more of an impact on American politics as a freshman than any member of Congress,” Sanders said. “She is a leader in U.S. Congress and again her ideas are resonating across the country. “
The announcement came after the pair decided to join forces to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot. This new partnership surprised one political writer so much it reflected in her work.
“Yikes: Bernie Sanders says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would play a key role in his White House,” The Daily Wire political reporter Emily Zanotti said in her headline.
Editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro also expressed his shock about this development.
“That’s a scary thought,” Shapiro said on Facebook.
The partnership may seem disturbing given Sanders’s radical plan to dissolve both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies. The senator also plans to suspend deportations, give full welfare benefits to illegal immigrants, and grant entry to 50,000 so-called “climate migrants” into the United States.
A Sanders administration would reclassify illegal immigration as a civil matter, and force government agencies to adopt a view that immigration is a “historically valued process.”
“When I am in the White House we will stop the hatred toward our immigrant brothers and sisters,” Sanders said in a statement. “We will end the ICE raids that are terrorizing our communities, and on my first day as president, I will use my executive power to protect our immigrant communities and reverse every single … action implemented by Trump.”
Ocasio-Cortez also raised eyebrows after she appeared to justify the actions of a Brooklyn anti-police protest that saw hundreds of people block streets, hold banners saying “[expletive] the police,” and storm New York subways without paying.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich. Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter before removing the post. “New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”
She also shared her dim view on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (D) last minute decision to run for the Arkansas primary vote.
“I don’t think billionaires should be president right now,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC. “I think our democracy should be for everyday people, not for purchase.”