On Twitter, some people slammed a piece arguing that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the best prospect for Democrats to win the next presidential election.
The Hill published a column Tuesday, titled “Ocasio-Cortez is the Democrats’ best chance against Trump in 2024,” which argues that Ocasio-Cortez’s social media presence and frequent conflicts with Democratic leadership put her in excellent position to defeat former President Trump in 2024.
“AOC is less a personality and more of a movement,” Hopkins adds. “She’s in a class by herself when it comes to influencing others. Her ability to connect with her fans and give them insight into her personal life is a model for Democrats who want to act more like people than mannequins.”
“She is not beholden to any corporations, she’s a prolific small-dollar fundraiser, and she could out-Trump Trump in the way no other politician has been able to,” says Hopkins.
“She’s Barack Obama, but if Barack Obama was a real progressive,” he goes on to say.
After writing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s historic primary upset of former Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in 2018, Mark Hopkins goes on to extol AOC’s current accomplishments. It would have been simple for her to walk into Congress and hire only communications staff, he continues. “It would have been simple for her to sell out and do the cash grab. She might have terrorized Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer for the sake of showing off to her fans. Instead, he says, AOC has established herself by going after corporations and industry leaders, as well as moderates such as Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).”
According to polls, the vast majority of Democrats want someone different than Joe Biden to seek the presidency in 2024, so AOC “would turn out the youth at record levels, electrify the party’s base, and bring the party together by acknowledging the risk posed by electing Trump Republicans.”
In the age of social media and sound bites, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is uniquely equipped to take on Donald Trump or another prospective rival like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to Hopkins.
“If anyone is willing to bring the Democratic Party together and refocus on the working class, it’s AOC,” says Hopkins. “Republicans scoff; Democrats gush; but if people believe in her, we might be able to see America’s first female president.”