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Ocasio-Cortez suggests a Bloomberg presidency would pave the way for 'a worse Trump'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown hits GOP on gun safety in closing .5M battleground ad barrage A closing argument: Why voters cannot trust Trump on healthcare Biden campaign swamps Trump on TV airwaves MORE in an interview Tuesday, suggesting that even if the billionaire candidate were to win the presidency in November, he would pave the way for "a worse Trump."

"Obviously, we 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," Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent campaign surrogate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE (I-Vt.), said during a discussion about Bloomberg on "The Breakfast Club" radio show.

Ocasio-Cortez was also critical of Bloomberg's record, "from stop and frisk to the surge in housing costs in New York City to even his own history on redlining to how he talks about transgender people."

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Asked by host Charlamagne tha God about Bloomberg’s endorsements from black lawmakers such as Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks Congress should investigate OAS actions in Bolivia MORE (D-Ill.), Ocasio-Cortez speculated that many voters are unfamiliar with Bloomberg’s record.

"We lived under his tenure as mayor. We know exactly what he did, and 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 shower the airwaves with his cash," she said. "People see what he’s done with his money ... without seeing what he’s actually done with his power."

Sanders has increasingly traded barbs with Bloomberg, who is not competing in any of the four early voting states and is instead focusing on Super Tuesday to establish himself as the centrist alternative to the Vermont senator. Bloomberg's campaign recently seized on comments Sanders made over the weekend noting the success of Cuba’s literacy programs under Fidel Castro. Sanders also condemned Castro's authoritarianism.