Ocasio-Cortez on moderates: 'We view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude'

Ocasio-Cortez on moderates: 'We view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude'
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Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (D-N.Y.) harshly rebuked of political moderates, saying the widespread admiration of centrist ideologies is misplaced.”

“We view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete,” she said Saturday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin.

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“When we think about the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of vision, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”

Ocasio-Cortez is part of a group of progressive House freshmen who want to lurch the Democratic Party to the left, pushing hard for policies such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, which would fight climate change by investing in eco-friendly jobs.

She first burst onto the political scene by defeating moderate Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office Ocasio-Cortez about as well known as top Democrats: poll Boehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) in their House primary race last year. She then joined protesters in House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE’s (D-Calif.) office to demand greater efforts to combat climate change while Pelosi was still House minority leader.

While moderate Democrats have sought to distance themselves from Ocasio-Cortez without drawing the ire of her millions of social media followers. Republicans, on the other hand, have excoriated the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, suggesting she is an example of the Democratic embrace of far-left policies.