AOC condemns Democrat leaders for ignoring threat of fascism

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AOC condemns Democrat leaders for ignoring threat of fascism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday ripped moderate Democratic leaders who refuse to back far left-leaning party candidates for elected office, insisting they’re ignoring a significant threat of fascism.

During a rally in Buffalo, the Queens congresswoman and socialist superstar said such behavior is “embarrassing.”

“When a nominee wins, I don’t try to undermine the entire political party,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You know why? Because in the grander scheme of things we are facing a very real fascist threat in this country.”

Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton looks on during a walking tour of local businesses in Buffalo, NY.
Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton is competing against four-term incumbent Byron Brown, who is running as a write-in.
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Ocasio Cortez said the threat of fascism in the US should not be understated.
Ocasio Cortez said the threat of fascism in the US should not be understated.
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The congresswoman was in town to back the mayoral bid of fellow socialist India Walton, who won the Democratic primary but is competing on Election Day against four-term incumbent Byron Brown, who is running as a write-in.

AOC came to Walton’s defense Tuesday after state Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs argued he shouldn’t have to extend his support to Democratic candidates in every case and then made a controversial comparison between Walton and David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader.

New York State Democratic Party chair Jay Jacobs speaks to reporters during the New York State Democratic Committee State Convention, Tuesday, May 25, 2010
AOC said Jay Jacobs (above) should resign from his post as NY Democratic Party Chairman.
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right, greets Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) greets Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton.
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to supporters of Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton during a rally on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ocasio Cortez spoke out against the more moderate members of the Democratic party.
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“Jay Jacobs absolutely should resign over his disgusting comments comparing a Black single mother who won a historic election to David Duke,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Jacobs later apologized.

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