Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStacey Abrams earns praise as Biden leads in Georgia Ocasio-Cortez defends progressives from blame for Democratic ‘underperformance’ Ocasio-Cortez knocks McCaskill over comments about Democrats leaving voters behind MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Democratic Party to “come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart.”
The New York progressive encouraged party unity during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” after moderate House Democrats slammed the progressive wing of the party in a caucus phone call last week.
“There are, at least in the House caucus, very deep divisions within the party, and I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart,” she said on Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez also noted that the Democratic majority in the House will be “slimmer” after the 2020 election.
“It’s going to be more important than ever for us to work together and not fight each other,” she said.
“When we kind of come out swinging not 48 hours after Tuesday, when we don’t even have solid data yet, pointing fingers and telling each other what to do, it deepens the division in the party, and it’s irresponsible,” she added. “It’s irresponsible to pour gasoline on these already very delicate tensions in the party.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on criticism from within the Democratic Party: “There are, at least in the House caucus, very deep divisions within the party and I believe that we need to really come together and not allow Republican narratives to tear us apart” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/7AYH24xw3f
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 8, 2020
The New York Democrat also argued that the progressive wing of the party has “assets to offer the party that the party has not yet fully leaned into or exploited.”
“The conversation’s a little bit deeper than that, than just saying anything progressive is toxic and a losing message,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez made her plea to the Democratic Party one day after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: ‘To America. Thanks, guys’ Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: ‘You always have my back, and I’ll have yours’ Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE was projected to win the 2020 election.
Her remarks also follow a tense week in which Democrats lost seats in the lower chamber.