She seriously said this…
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she supports Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as president at a Saturday rally to a CBS News correspondent because it shows America needs to cross racial lines.
There were rumors during the fourth Democratic debate on Oct. 15 that Sanders’ 2020 Democratic presidential candidacy would be backed by the new congresswoman. Together with 26,000 supporters, she attended Sanders’ rally at a New York City park and made the official announcement on stage, Politico reported.
“I’m actually very excited about this partnership because it shows what we have to do in our country is that we have to come together across race, across gender, across generation,” the congresswoman said during an interview that aired Monday on “CBS This Morning.”
At the Saturday event, CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion spoke to the senator and congresswoman and asked Ocasio-Cortez why she chose to endorse “an old white man” as a colored woman. Ocasio-Cortez responded that it revealed that America had to cross lines of class, sex and age.
“As a woman of color, why back an old white guy? And is this the future of the party?” Killion asked during the interview.
Killion asked if other candidates had been met by Ocasio-Cortez before deciding to support Sanders officially. The congresswoman mentioned that she also met with Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, adding that “she’s a fabulous candidate.”
“Frankly, Sen. Sanders, Sen. Warren and myself are all on the same team in the party,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The rally on Saturday was the official return of Sanders to the campaign trail after a heart attack on Oct. 1.
The congresswoman introduced Sanders onstage Saturday and told the crowd that “Bernie Sanders fought for me,” praising the senator but not giving specifics as to why she chose to endorse him specifically.