During a recent podcast interview, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized Democratic leadership as “overwhelmingly from one generation.”
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Ocasio-Cortez, one of the youngest members of Congress, made the remark on the “Pod Save America” podcast. “I’m not here to sell people on the idea that the leadership of the Democratic Party, which is overwhelmingly from one generation … and overwhelmingly from a lopsided class perspective, is the same as me or you or anything else like that,” Ocasio-Cortez began.
“I think party leadership is a distinct conversation, but I think what actually matters more is — are you excited to vote for anybody on your ballot,” she continued. “And the more local you get, I actually think the more flexible and exciting your candidates can be.”
Ocasio-Cortez also criticized her party for employing a “big tent” approach that alienates middle-class Americans.
“There’s a lot in our big tent — it’s highly segmented and I think that there is a lot of objections from that within our party which prevents us from being as forceful on these issues as we can be,” she explained. “I also think there’s a conversation to be had about men and male identity because when we look into this … we’re shedding men.”
Since joining the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly made headlines as one of the four members of the progressive group known as the “squad.”
The group, composed of younger and more left-leaning Democrats, has an identity that contrasts starkly with President Joe Biden and party members in his generation, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Pelosi recently defended her generation by emphasizing the need for experience within the party.
“We need generational change; of course, we do, but in some cases, there’s no substitute for experience,” Pelosi stated. “I think that what we had been through with the legislation under the leadership of President Biden, who has done a spectacular job — he has had a better two years than most presidents you can name, certainly in the recent generations.”