Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Friday asked the cheering crowd gathered at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign event whether they’re prepared for a political revolution, drawing some criticism on social media.
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The event took place in Iowa, where Ocasio-Cortez campaigned on behalf of Sanders, who she recently endorsed. The video of her yelling “Who here is ready for the revolution?” was posted on Twitter by Sanders’ campaign.
.@AOC takes to the stage and yells “who here is ready for the revolution!?”
Iowa is ready for the political revolution.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) November 9, 2019
What kind of revolution? Most critics presumed that the congresswoman, who identifies as a socialist Democrats, is calling for a socialist revolution and prompted some to invoke the revolution in Cuba.
You have a narrow definition/scope of what “revolution” means or can apply to: pic.twitter.com/pkfB6gdJOh
— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) November 9, 2019
This is the revolution that chaos and destruction offer us. pic.twitter.com/kG8c5wARbK
— Adolfo 🇬🇹🇺🇸 (@adolfofloresd) November 10, 2019
The last time my family heard a socialist say “who’s ready for a revolution!?” what little they had was stolen from them, some were tortured & imprisoned, and they had to flee Cuba to save their own lives. No thanks, my family has been through enough socialism already. https://t.co/KBUU7IpLDV
— Alberto de la Cruz (@albertodelacruz) November 10, 2019
Your beloved revolution has been unraveling for 50 years in Cuba and 20 years in Venezuela. Kindly take yourself to either socialist “paradise” and leave us sane and coherent citizens alone. @AOC https://t.co/Jx5zwg8SAt
— Sofia Castillo (@soficastman) November 10, 2019
Democrats who say they’re socialist Democrats often point to the ones in Europe, given that according to some polls, socialism isn’t as popular among Americans, including those of Latin American ancestry. A recent Telemundo national poll found that 62% of Latinos said they wouldn’t vote for a socialist presidential candidate.
Their policies, however, say otherwise, writes Giancarlo Sopo for The Blaze. “For instance, both of them [Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez] have called for “public ownership” of private property and nationalizing key industries, for instance. Additionally, her Green New Deal, which is co-sponsored by five presidential candidates, promises to eliminate nuclear power and ban internal combustion engine vehicles in 10 years.”