Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has claimed that the Democrats’ best hope of beating former president and current GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump is President Joe Biden, despite the fact that he is losing to Trump in most polls.
— Kingsley Wilson (@KingsleyCortes) January 22, 2024
Biden has become deeply unpopular over the course of his presidency, with far-left voters growing angry with him for his minor support of Israel and more right-leaning voters growing frustrated with his demonization of half of the country as “MAGA extremists.” A majority of Americans are also angry at Biden over the economic downturn and record-high inflation caused by his policies, as well as his facilitation of illegal immigration.
= BIDEN IS TOAST.
According to the latest @ABC/Ipsos Poll:
A stunning 71% of American voters believe the economy is “bad.”
A mere 13% report being financially better off under Biden’s tenure. pic.twitter.com/H0eU8IhhyY
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) January 24, 2024
Despite all of this being evident in the polls, Ocasio-Cortez insisted during a Sunday interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press” that Biden is “the strongest nominee” that the Democrat Party could put forward.
The discussion began when NBC News host Kristen Welker asked the New York congresswoman about why Biden is struggling in the polls against Trump even though the former president is facing several legal battles.
“I think what we have right now, what we’ve seen in New Hampshire, he is virtually the nominee of the party. His turnout in New Hampshire is actually not something to ignore,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “We saw, from a write-in campaign, remember, President Biden wasn’t even on the ballot in New Hampshire, he won overwhelmingly with turnout that even exceeded Obama 2012 turnout when Obama was on the ballot. And so, there are quite a few indicators of his strength in New Hampshire. We will see what happens in South Carolina and, of course, when we get to important primaries like Michigan.”
Ocasio-Cortez was then asked directly whether Biden was the Democratic Party’s “strongest nominee,” to which she responded “Yes.”
“I think we can certainly do more to be advancing our vision,” she added. “And I believe that we have a strong vision that we can run on. You know I think – and – and for what it’s worth, the president has said, ‘If you give me the House, and if you give me the Senate and reelect me to the presidency, we will codify abortion rights and the right to choose in this country. We’ll codify reproductive rights.’ I think we can do more.”
“I think we – I think we need to be talking more about health care,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Of course, me as a progressive, I want to see the age of Medicare drop, whether it’s to 50, as the president has discussed earlier, or to zero, as is my preference, to extend Medicare to all people in the United States of America. But I believe that we can be doing more. We can talk even more about the fact that public colleges and universities should be tuition-free or reduced.”