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-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won 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.


“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) CrowleyLiberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney Carolyn Maloney will face Justice Democrats-backed primary challenger MORE (D-N.Y.) in their House primary race last year. She then joined protesters in House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech 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.