Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Call Me a Socialist; I Don’t Give a Damn’

Washington Free Beacon | 7/17/2018 | Jeffrey Cimmino
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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said during an interview with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson that she does not "give a damn" if people call her a socialist.

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"I believe in health care for all, I believe in education for all, I believe in housing as a human right, and then if people are going to call me a socialist for believing in those things, alright, call me a socialist; I don’t give a damn," she told Mckesson.

This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has commented on her level of identification with socialism. During an appearance on "The View," she struggled to differentiate between socialism and democratic socialism but was more adamant that there was a distinction. "There's a huge difference between socialism and Democratic socialism," she said before attempting to differentiate the two.

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"Democratic socialism, and really what that boils down to me, is the basic belief that I believe that in a moral and wealthy America and a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country," she continued without specifically identifying the difference between democratic socialism and socialism.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, in a New York primary last month. Her defeat of Crowley was seen as a major upset, especially since the incumbent was viewed as a possible successor to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). The 28-year-old ran to Crowley's left, campaigning on free public college, abolishing...
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