Bannon on Republican party: 'We've got to find our AOCs'

Bannon on Republican party: 'We've got to find our AOCs'

Former chief Trump strategist Stephen Bannon is urging the GOP to "find our AOCs," referring to liberal freshman 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.), to help the party better serve working-class voters.

“We’ve turned the Republican Party into a working-class party,” the former Breitbart News executive chairman told The Guardian in a sit-down interview published Tuesday.

“Now, interestingly, we don’t have any elected representatives who believe that, but that’s a legacy issue. We’ll get over that," he added. "We’ve got to find our AOCs.”

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Ocasio-Cortez, a 30-year-old former bartender from the Bronx, was elected to Congress in 2018 after running a strong grassroots campaign and defeating a powerful establishment Democrat in the race's primary.

Bannon said that Democrats had "better casting” in last year's midterms, leading to the party regaining control in the House.

“They did an amazing job in '18. I keep saying I admire AOC," he said.

"I think her ideology’s all f----d up, but I want her. I want to recruit bartenders. I don’t want to recruit any more lawyers. I want bartenders.”

Bannon also credited now-Democratic presidential candidate 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 for the Democrats' successful midterms after the former New York mayor put $110 million into his political action committee and 21 out of 24 candidates that he supported won their races. 

In 2017, Bannon left his post at the White House as one of the changes brought on by then-chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. The former Breitbart News chief has remained a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE since leaving his administration.