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NEW YORK — Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked The New York Times’ decision to endorse two separate Democratic candidates during the party's primaries, calling it a move that “serves to cloud political consciousness.”
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Ocasio-Cortez cited the NY Times’ endorsement of Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during a conversation with author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates at the MLK NOW 2020 event at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan.
The 30-year-old congresswoman was criticizing America’s two-party system when the issue of the Times’ endorsement came up.
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“In many other democracies in the world they have parliamentary democracy where there are many parties and you build coalitions between parties to have a governing coalition. The United States, we have a two party system. I think it’s a system that has a vote of little confidence in the electorate when you see that the largest plurality of voters are independent or not party affiliated,” she began.
“That tells you that there is a certain lack of personal identification. I think when you look at multiparty systems, because there are more parties, it allows people the opportunity to actually personally identify with a political party in which case it becomes more of an agent of structural change.
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"A lot of people who advocate for a kind of two-party duopoly in the United States say, ‘Oh well, the coalition is built in so you don’t have to do all that work (activism). But the problem is you don’t always know what your party stands for and you kinda find out every cycle,” she continued.
This "uncertain" party identity, Ocasio-Cortez said, is reflected in the Times’ endorsement of Warren and Klobuchar.
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“I think that is an issue in the Democratic Party. Just yesterday The New York Times endorsed two candidates. What is that?” Ocasio Cortez...
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