[Ed. – How to make friends and influence enemies]
Since winning the primary over incumbent Joseph Crowley, who many believed would be the next leader of the House Democrats, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made it increasingly clear that one of her key goals is to create more candidates like herself: ones who embrace a more radical left agenda and who are willing to take on establishment Democrats.
In a new promotional video for the Justice Democrats — the group that found Ocasio-Cortez as well as newly sworn-in Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who likewise dethroned an incumbent Democrat — Ocasio-Cortez puts out the call to her fellow democratic socialist-minded activists to oust congressional members of her own party, declaring it’s “#OurTime.”
“Don’t people realize that the most powerful position you can be in is when you are not materially attached to a position of power,” Ocasio-Cortez says in a conversation with fellow Justice Democrat leaders. “If you’re a one-term congress member, so what? You can make ten years worth of change in one term if you’re not afraid.”