Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: U.S. Is ‘Not an Advanced Society’

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a Green New Deal For Public Housing Town Hall on December 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared that the United States is “not an advanced society” and is devolving into a fascist country while campaigning alongside presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in Los Angeles Saturday.

“Establishing a loving society in the United States of America” isn’t an “irrational, overly feeling, sympathetic statement,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Instead, it’s part of an ongoing mission to achieve “an advanced society,” she argued, citing past remarks by Harvard University professor and fellow Sanders surrogate Cornel West.

“What we are living in now is not an advanced society,” the far-left freshman congresswoman asserted, before claiming it is “fascism that we’re evolving into” under President Donald Trump.

In another part of her remarks, the New York Democrat called Sanders’ campaign “a movement that has been decades in the making” and said the time had come to put the interests of the working class ahead of the elites.

“We can’t go back to the way things were before, because the way thing were before is how we got to where we are now. We cannot go back to a world where the rich are put first and working people are put last in Washington day in and day out,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“I go into work all the time and I hear people saying, ‘What will my donors think?’” she added in an apparent jab at 2020 candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has faced pointed criticisms for holding a glitzy fundraiser in what fellow White House contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren described as a wine cave. “I see that billionaires get members of Congress on speed dial and waitresses don’t, okay? There’s a difference.”

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, Shawshank Redemption star Tim Robbins, veteran actor Danny DeVito, and members of the Russian rock band Pussy Riot also attended the event.

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