A democratic socialist from New York claims her radical colleague from Minnesota is struggling to raise election funds because she is so good at tearing down the country.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defended the lackluster fundraising effort to re-elect fellow Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar and suggested the congresswoman’s struggle to fundraise for her campaign was a reflection of her efforts to dismantle the national economy and political system.
“When we are the ones that are attracting multimillion-dollar primary challengers in an unprecedented way that just tells you how effective Ilhan is,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video shared on Facebook. “That tells you how damn effective she is against big real estate, against our military-industrial complex, against our Wall Street complex, against basically every corrupt institution that we have right now in this country.”
Ocasio-Cortez claims Omar was recently targeted for speaking up against the balance of “power,” which appears to favor election candidates who are bankrolled by big business.
“They are coming for each and every one of us … because when you speak truth to power, power fights back,” she said. “It is not a coincidence that these primary challengers who have cropped up are funded by Wall Street and dark money … do you really think that a Wall Street-backed, you know, lobbyist operation is really going to be what is best for us, or are we going to back grassroots, people-backed candidates?”
The remarks came after black Minneapolis lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux announced he was standing for election against Omar in the Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. He has amassed more than $2 million in political donations so far, nearly double the $1.1 million that Omar has collected.
Omar previously urged the nation to free themselves from slavery businesses and their elected representatives.
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” she said in a video live-streamed on Facebook. “We cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Omar also raised eyebrows when she encouraged Americans to rebel against other parts of society that enslave people, even the natural environment.
“We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system,” she said. “We are fighting to tear down the systems of oppression that exist in housing, education, health care, employment, and in the air we breathe.”
She made the remarks in response to growing civil unrest about the death-in-custody of Minnesotan George Floyd on May 25. Several parts of the nation have witnessed extreme “anarchist” rioting, looting of businesses, and destruction of historical and religious statues.