Ocasio-Cortez: 'Conventional politics' says she and man in Irish pub should 'turn against one other'

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Conventional politics' says she and man in Irish pub should 'turn against one other'
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New York Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday tweeted a photo of herself with a man at an Irish pub, claiming "conventional politics" says she and the man at the bar should "turn against one other" and noting that's because “conventional politics doesn't want to see us win.” 

"This [photo] was taken a year ago at one of my 1st-ever stops: a community meeting at an Irish pub," she tweeted. "This man’s name is Steven. Conventional politics tells you that the two of us should turn against one another."

"But that’s because conventional politics doesn’t want to see us win," she added.

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Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who ousted longtime incumbent Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyFor Capuano in Massachusetts, demography was destiny Carper fends off progressive challenger in Delaware primary Election Countdown: Fallout from Massachusetts stunner | In Delaware, Carper looks to avoid next progressive upset | Dem 2020 primary already in full swing | How a Dem ex-governor hopes to take red-state Tennessee | GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes MORE (D-N.Y.) in an upset primary victory earlier this summer, said that voters need to “reject zero-sum thinking and come together without silencing each other's needs.”

"When we learn to champion our neighbors, we win elections," she tweeted. "We won our primary with 57% of the vote. That happens when we reject zero-sum thinking and come together without silencing each other’s needs."

She accused the GOP of having a platform of “division and fear.”

"What we are seeing happen across the country - in Florida, Georgia, Michigan - is that people are rejecting the GOP’s division and fear," she added. "The United States has always been a multilingual, diverse nation that fights for a more perfect union, towards freedom and justice for all."

Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I) before running for Congress. She now travels the nation endorsing candidates with the senator.

Though their track record of endorsements has been uneven, many have pointed to Andrew Gillum's unexpected victory this week in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary as proof that a more progressive message is resonating with Democratic voters.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., ran on a very progressive platform in defeating his favored Democratic establishment opponent, Rep. Graham Gwen (D). Many have drawn parallels between his win and Ocasio-Cortez's.   

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to win her deep-blue district's general election in November. Gillum will face off with Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Trump's baby blimp arrives in Florida for Mar-a-Lago protest Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (R) in the November general election.