In the wake of last week’s GOP victories in Virginia, some moderate Democrats are blaming the left-wing faction of the party for turning off many would-be Democratic voters.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded by doubling down on the prevailing progressive agenda, which prompted widespread social media mockery and criticism.
“A derogatory euphemism”
As Fox News reported, the New York Democrat initially reacted to those in her own party who believe the left’s message should be less aggressive.
Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times, has expressed concern that the “woke” culture could “derail” Democrats in future elections. For his part, longtime Democratic Party strategist James Carville cited “stupid “wokeness” as the primary reason for his party’s electoral losses in Virginia and elsewhere.
Unsurprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez disagreed, tweeting: “One dangerous aspect of thinking there’s a ‘woke problem’ is that Dem chances for re-election or majorities in House, Senate, & WH rely on the racial justice issue of voting rights. Dems distancing from racial justice makes protection of voting rights less likely, ensuring losses.”
Her statement on Sunday went on to define “woke” as “a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to denounce those she accused of fabricating “a ‘woke’ problem” in an effort to excuse civil rights violations.
“Used by older people”
“In a year state legislatures are planning out GOP majorities & voter suppression, that’s dangerous,” she wrote. “People think Fox News is just about indoctrinating right-wingers, but it’s also about conditioning Dems on what to run away from.”
The congresswoman’s Twitter screed railed against “(f)raming racial justice as ‘controversial,'” which she described as the “key to delaying the protection of voting rights (& others) until it’s too late” and Democrats “shouldn’t indulge it.”
Fox News separately noted that Ocasio-Cortez has claimed that “wokeness” is a term “almost exclusively used by older people these days,” citing “Carville and Fox News pundits” in particular. She further advised that if it continued, it could negatively impact youth turnout in future elections.
While her comments online prompted plenty of like-minded responses, many others were more closely aligned with Carville’s take.
Given her party’s disastrous performance in last week’s elections, more than a few replies sarcastically urged her to continue pushing the far-left agenda.