Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York has been a popular surrogate for Bernie Sanders and a great warm-up speaker. AOC, as she is often called, has a warning about what will happen if, instead of her guy, the Democrats choose Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire publisher and former mayor of New York. According to the New York Post, Bloomberg would be worse than Trump.
AOC appeared on a local radio show and did not mince words about what she thinks of Bloomberg, “We obviously have to beat Trump. But if we beat Trump and go back to the same policies that we had before, a worse Trump is going to come. A Trump that’s more sophisticated, whose fascism is less obvious, is going to come and things could get even worse.”
To be sure, Bloomberg has a lot to hate coming from a leftist such as AOC. He is a racist because of the stop and frisk policy. He is a misogynist because of all of the rude things he has said to women employees over the years. On top of all of that, Bloomy used to be a Republican. His recent conversion to the Democratic Party appears to AOC to be more opportunistic than anything else.
AOC did not mention another thing about Bloomberg but it does bear touching upon, Bloomberg helped to get several Democratic moderates elected to the House in 2018, which was instrumental in flipping the House and making Nancy Pelosi speaker for the second time. Bloomy even caught himself at the South Carolina debate when he almost boasted that he had “bought those seats.”
If AOC is about anything, she is about ideological purity. An organization called the Justice Democrats was instrumental in achieving Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory in 2018 against a more moderate member of the House Democratic leadership. With AOC’s enthusiastic support, the Justice Democrats are after more scalps of moderate Democrats, according to CCN. They include Henry Cuellar of Texas, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, Lacy Clay of Missouri, Elliot Engel of New York, and Joyce Beatty of Ohio.
The difference between AOC and Bloomberg is clear. AOC values ideological purity above all things. Bloomberg supported moderates in several Republican-held districts and met with success. Whether Ocasio-Cortez will succeed in knocking out moderates and replacing them with radicals such as herself remains to be seen.
AOC has a personal distaste for Bloomberg, his great wealth, and what he is prepared to do with it. She said, “A lot of people don’t know Bloomberg. We’re here in New York City. We lived under his tenure as mayor. We know exactly what he did. This is part of what he’s doing when he comes in, swoops in super late in the game with billions of dollars at his disposal and is able to kind of shower the airwaves with his cash.”
The question arises, what would the socialist firebrand do if Bloomberg wins the nomination? AOC would never support Trump. However, if Bloomberg somehow wins the Democratic nomination, likely as part of a backroom deal at a brokered convention, she could tell her followers to stay home.
AOC may well like the idea of a second term of Donald Trump. Some observers of the political scene note that many of her followers dream of President Ocasio-Cortez somehow becoming reality. That cannot happen before the 2024 election cycle because that is the year AOC would be older enough to run. She has also mulled primarying Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and jumping to the Senate.
Ironically, Ocasio-Cortez’s political career may be cut short, not by some Republican running against her in her deep blue district, but at the hands of her fellow Democrats. Fox News reports that New York Democrats, increasingly irritated at AOC’s pretensions, plotting to eliminate her House seat when redistricting occurs after the 2020 census. Her tendency to attack her fellow Democrats have caused them to dream of not a Senator Ocasio-Cortez or a President Ocasio-Cortez, but an AOC, private citizen.
Most pundits place a Bloomberg nomination, not to speak of the presidency, as a very low probability event. His background is too toxic, his demeanor at the debates too subpar, for him to get the nod. However, what if Bloomberg became a kingmaker? Or, in the case of – say – Hillary Clinton, a queen maker? One thing about AOC is certain if the nominee is anybody but Bernie Sanders, she will likely include herself out.