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Ocasio-Cortez says Rahm Emanuel would be a 'divisive pick' for Biden Cabinet

Ocasio-Cortez says Rahm Emanuel would be a 'divisive pick' for Biden Cabinet
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday rejected the possible inclusion of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) as a Cabinet under President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide MORE's administration.

In a phone interview with The New York Times and a follow-up statement on Twitter, the freshman lawmaker said the nomination of Emanuel, who served with Biden in the Obama administration as the former president's first chief of staff, be seen by liberals as a shot across the bow.

“Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick,” she told the newspaper. “And it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.”

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On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez expanded on her criticism, pointing to Emanuel's battle with activists in Chicago over body camera footage depicting the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a Black teen who was killed in 2014.

"We must govern with integrity and accountability. Laquan McDonald’s life mattered," the congresswoman tweeted.

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The Biden campaign declined a request for comment.

Speculation has swirled in recent days over what the forthcoming Biden Cabinet will look like. Those rumored to be under consideration for various positions range from left-leading figures such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary: report Bottom line MORE (D-Mass.) to Republicans seen as opposed to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE, such as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWhoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (R-Utah).

Biden declared victory on Saturday after he was projected to win the state of Pennsylvania, and the election as a whole, by most major news networks. Trump has refused to concede, and vowed legal challenges in multiple states where he trails Biden in votes.