President Donald Trump just gave an unlikely Senate “endorsement” to one of his top political foils.
In a tweet published early Monday, the president encouraged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to run against Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his Senate seat in 2022, saying “she would win” and that it would be an “improvement,” according to Fox News.
A bid for Senate?
According to Fox, Trump shared an article from The Washington Times about chatter on the far-left over a potential bid from AOC to replace Schumer, the long-time senior senator from New York.
“Actually, that would be a big improvement — and she would win!” the president said.
Trump previously predicted that AOC would challenge Schumer and “kick his a**,” just one of many insults that Trump has directed at “Cryin’ Chuck.” The president is no fan of Schumer, who alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been one of his most prominent foes in Congress.
But Schumer also belongs to an older, centrist party establishment that the far-left, which AOC represents, hopes to topple — a point raised openly by Bernie Sanders adviser David Sirota, as The Washington Times reported.
“Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the process of changing the corrupt, do-nothing, status-quo-protecting culture of the national Democratic Party is for @AOC to defeat @ChuckSchumer in a Democratic primary in 2022,” Sirota tweeted.
AOC continues progressive wave
Whatever her personal plans may be, Ocasio-Cortez is sparing no expense to hold onto her seat for the time being: according to The Hill, the lawmaker has built an outsized fundraising operation that has her spending millions of dollars to consolidate her position.
Since her 2018 primary upset against Joe Crowley set her on the path to national stardom, Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the leading voices of the progressive movement — and she has thrown her weight behind various far-left primary candidates in an effort to remake the Democratic Party.
A proxy battle of sorts on Tuesday has some wondering whether another party dinosaur, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), will follow Mr. Crowley’s unfortunate exit. The long-time moderate lawmaker, who has Schumer’s endorsement, is facing a tough primary challenge from a far-left progressive who has AOC’s backing, as The Hill notes.
“From taking on Donald Trump, to standing up for women’s right to choose to expanding affordable health care, to fighting for civil and human rights, Eliot Engel has been a strong and effective fighter for the people of his district and all Americans — and I am proud to endorse him,” Schumer said of the congressman last week, according to The Hill.
Americans will soon see how Engel fares. Could Schumer be working on borrowed time also?