AOC Blames ‘Voter Suppression’ for Sanders’ Devastating Loss in Michigan

AOC Blames ‘Voter Suppression’ for Sanders’ Devastating Loss in Michigan

Congresswoman deflects blame on why progressive position is failing

Progressive congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blamed Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ (I-Vt.) devasting loss in Democratic primary election on “rampant voter suppression.”

During her first interview with Fox News, Ocasio-Cortez floated the conspiracy theory when asked by anchor Bret Baier about why she keeps saying the far-left has a winning message, despite results showing otherwise. 

“You did a campaign event at the University of Michigan, 10,000 people, it was rock star status, but those kids did not show up at least if you look at the numbers, just overall this race,” Baier said.

“So, how can you say the progressive position is still prevailing nationwide when Joe Biden is winning so much?”

AOC responded:

“Well, I think one thing that … that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country.”

“Right there, in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan,” she explained.

Sanders lost in Michigan to former vice president Joe Biden who won by 17 percentage points over the Vermont senator.

The only state Sanders won was North Dakota, which is tied for the least amount of delegates (14) in the continental U.S.

AOC admitted that there was still more the Sanders campaign could do to get young voters to go out and vote.

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“You know, obviously, there’s also more that we need to do in terms of turning out youth voters,” she said.

“We need to make sure that we’re inspiring young people to turn out, but when you do turn out, you should not be waiting three, four, seven hours in order to vote. And that causes people to leave,” she added.

Earlier his week, Rep. Ilhan Omar urged Sander’s supporters to continue fighting for him following his devastating primary losses.

The Minnesota Democrat tweeted:

“Yes, we are a family, united in restoring our democracy and committed to defeating Trump, but that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting for the candidate that best represents our policy priorities in this Primary.”

“Be kind to one another, and let’s have each other’s back in Nov!”

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