New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated her belief that most Americans agree with her policies and beliefs as a Democratic socialist during an interview on CNN with John Berman on Thursday morning.
“Well, you know, I think that we’ve seen that the American people — the vast majority of American people believed and approved and expanded Medicare for all,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “They believe that we should have public college and trade school. They believe we should elevate the minimum wage.”
She also stated her belief that the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency should be abolished during the interview. (RELATED: OCASIO-CORTEZ: ABOLISHING ICE IS ‘COMMON SENSE’)
“I think it’s easy for Republicans to start yelling out labels in order to be divisive and insight fear, but at the end of the day, I believe our legislative priorities are completely in line and reflective with the majority of Americans,” she continued. “And I understand why they want to use fear tactics, and I understand why they’re scared of me, because I represent a change to their status quo.”
Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary for the 14th district of New York, defeating Congressman Joe Crowley. Crowley had been in office since 1999, prior to Tuesday’s defeat.