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

Bannon on Republican party: 'We've got to find our AOCs'
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Former chief Trump strategist Stephen Bannon is urging the GOP to "find our AOCs," referring to liberal freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years Meghan McCain responds to Katie Couric: 'I don't need to be deprogrammed' Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era 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 BloombergEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Everytown calls on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 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 TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE since leaving his administration.