Posted on November 9, 2020

AOC Claims Foes of ‘Defund Police’ and Socialism Are Engaged in ‘Racial Resentment Attacks’

Zachary Evans, National Review, November 6, 2020

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) hit back at moderate Democrats on Friday who complained that progressives’ support for socialism and defunding police departments had hurt the party on Election Day.

{snip} During a House caucus call on Thursday, Representative Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.) warned colleagues that the party would “get f***king torn apart in 2022” if candidates continued to call themselves socialists and support defunding the police, a sentiment shared by other moderate Democrats.

“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger angrily said on the call, a recording of which was obtained by the Washington Post. {snip}

However, Ocasio-Cortez pushed back on the conclusion of moderates in her party.

“The whole ‘progressivism is bad’ argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence that I’ve seen,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “When it comes to ‘Defund’ & ‘Socialism’ attacks, people need to realize these are racial resentment attacks. You’re not gonna make that go away. {snip}.”