Trump: Ocasio-Cortez would beat Schumer

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez would beat Schumer
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE tweeted Monday morning that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Overnight Energy: EPA finalizes rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions standards | Democratic lawmakers ask Interior to require masks indoors at national parks | Harris climate agenda stresses need for justice Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides MORE (D-N.Y.) would win if she mounted a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.), adding that the progressive first-term lawmaker would “be a big improvement.”

“Actually, that would be a big improvement - and she would win!” Trump tweeted in response to a Washington Times article.

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The article, which notes Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise defeat of 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the 2018 Democratic primaries, appears to be based on a tweet by David Sirota, who served as a speechwriter in Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign and urges Ocasio-Cortez to mount a primary challenge to Schumer in 2022.

Trump has predicted Ocasio-Cortez would primary Schumer before. 

"Because of how badly they did with the Impeachment Hoax, AOC will primary Cryin’ Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts MORE, and win,” he tweeted in February and reportedly made a similar claim at a White House lunch with reporters around the same time. Ocasio-Cortez has not expressed interest in a primary challenge to Schumer.

The president’s tweet comes ahead of New York’s closely watched Democratic primary on Tuesday, when polling and fundraising indicates educator Jamaal Bowman could pull off an upset against House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Trump reportedly considering replacing Esper after election | FBI, Air Force investigating after helicopter shot at in Virginia | Watchdog says UK envoy made inappropriate comments on religion, race, sex Watchdog: Trump's UK envoy made inappropriate remarks on religion, race, sex Allegations roil progressive insurgent's House bid MORE (D-N.Y.). Numerous observers have compared the match-up to that of Crowley and Ocasio-Cortez in 2018. Schumer endorsed Engel last week, citing his “longtime, close friendship” with the 16-term Democrat.

“From taking on Donald Trump, to standing up for women’s right to choose to expanding affordable health care, to fighting for civil and human rights, Eliot Engel has been a strong and effective fighter for the people of his district and all Americans — and I am proud to endorse him,” Schumer said.