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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-CortezThe Memo: The center strikes back Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Harris rebounds after difficult trip 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 BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back 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 SandersThe Memo: The center strikes back Sanders against infrastructure deal with more gas taxes, electric vehicle fees Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: The center strikes back Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE (D-Mass.) to Republicans seen as opposed to President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE, such as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle 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.