There could be the start of a generational and fundamental change coming to Congress, CNN predicted in a new report. They said the recent election of 28-year-old Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could start of more younger, far-Left members in the legislative chamber.
The report cites a Gallup poll to argue that the millennial generation prefers the politics of Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated a 10-term incumbent in her election victory.
“More than any other generation before them, Millennials are OK with socialism. A 2016 Gallup poll found 55% of those then aged 18-29 said they had a positive view of it (it’s worth noting 57% supported capitalism and 78% supported free enterprise),” CNN reports.
The report claims the United States economy is “at a time of growing economic inequality” and says socialism is the answer to “fix a system” that “failed” Millennials.
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At a time of growing economic inequality, Millennials are especially falling behind. A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found Millennials born in the ’80s have a net worth 34% below what was expected. And student debt since 2009 has doubled to $1.4 trillion, contributing to a decline in home ownership among young people, per a Federal Reserve Bank of New York study.
For many cash-strapped Millennials in debt, Democratic socialism isn’t radical, it’s a way to fix a system they believe failed them. And Democratic Socialists of America, an organization Ocasio-Cortez is a member of, lists among its goals things like decreasing the influence of money in politics, and empowering people in the workplace and economy, issues with broad support.
The rest of the piece was complimentary of Ocasio-Cortez and said the New York Democrat socialist looks to be an “outsider determined to fix a broken system that favors the monied and privileged.”
Ocasio-Cortez has said that she sees her election as the beginning of a sweeping change coming to Congress and the country.
In an exchange over social media, the New Yorker said her socialism policies could extend to the heartland of America: the Midwest.
Fellow Democrat and sitting Senator Tammy Duckworth commented that her colleague’s policies could find support in New York, but couldn’t stand a chance in more conservative areas of the U.S.
Per the Hill:
“State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked Duckworth on Sunday if she felt Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic Party.
“I think it’s the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is,” Duckworth said.
“I think that you can’t win the White House without the Midwest and I don’t think you can go too far to the left and still win the Midwest,” Duckworth said during the interview.
“You need to talk to the industrial Midwest, you need to listen to the people there,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by listing several states Senator Bernie Sanders, who identifies as a socialist, won in the 2016 Democrat presidential primary.
“With respect to the Senator, strong, clear advocacy for working-class Americans isn’t just for the Bronx,” the New Yorker said in a tweet.
She then listed Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Indiana. as states he won. “We then lost several of those states in the general. What’s the plan to prevent a repeat?” Ocasio-Cortez added, referencing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the general election.
With respect to the Senator, strong, clear advocacy for working class Americans isn’t just for the Bronx.
Sen. Sanders won:
We then lost several of those states in the general. What’s the plan to prevent a repeat? https://t.co/99K08qr7SH
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 1, 2018
CNN seemingly agreed with the candidate.
“Her message resonated with the voters of New York’s 14th congressional district, and it’s one we could hear more frequently as more Millennial candidates run for office,” the network said in their report.