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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response 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 SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight 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 RushBobby Rush wins Illinois House primary Illinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins 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.