Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remains convinced that the key to President Joe Biden reinvigorating his and the party’s poll numbers is to cater even more to young far-left “progressives” rather than the nation’s many moderate independents.
She expressed this belief in an interview with Fox Business Network on Friday, a day after this supposedly moderate administration announced plans to redesign all airport TSA body scanners to make them more “gender-inclusive.”
“I will say right now, folks may think that these are kind of independent voters that are contributing to his polling and whatnot. It’s actually young people who have not really been served,” she said.
“And their priorities were in BBB, which Sen. [Joe] Manchin has essentially stalled. And yet, you know, student loan debt and significant forgiveness of student loans, what the president can do to serve them,” she added.
It’s true that the president hasn’t accomplished every far-left goal he’d outlined during the 2020 campaign trail, but it certainly hasn’t been due to a lack of effort:
+ $2T “recovery” bill
+ $2T infrastructure bill
+ $2T “American Families Plan”
This is the spending this “moderate” houseplant has proposed in the first six months of his administration. https://t.co/E92P9cxuxU
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 27, 2021
But Ocasio-Cortez’s claim about dissatisfied “young people” being the sole reason for the president’s poor approval numbers appears nonetheless to be empirically false.
A Reuters poll published this week found that the president’s disapproval among those “40 and older” was five percent higher than his disapproval among those “18 to 39.”
The same poll found that among Democrats, a term that encompasses “progressives,” the president enjoyed a much higher 75 percent approval rating.
A separate poll from NBC News found a drop in approval among all “key demographic groups, including Black respondents (from 64 percent approve in January to 62 percent now), women (from 51 percent approve to 44 percent), Latinos (from 48 percent to 39 percent) and independents (36 percent to 32 percent).”
Another poll from Ipsos found that 47 percent of Democrats believe the nation is on the “right track,” whereas just a 17 percent minority of independents feel otherwise.
Seen together, these numbers appear to strongly belie the idea that Biden’s mistake has been his supposed decision to be too moderate.
If anything, conservatives, particularly elected Republicans, suspect the president and his administration have been too extreme:
What’s pathetic is Biden could be a hero and restart keystone and state side drilling, but he’s too beholden to the crazy left to do so. Rather than doing what is right by his country, he does what’s right by the most extreme in his party while average Americans suffer.
— 🇺🇸AmericaFirstStacy🇺🇸 (@Discoveringme40) February 28, 2022
Joe Biden’s budget would spend BILLIONS of dollars of taxpayer funds on his radical climate priorities.
Instead of addressing our energy crisis by unleashing American energy, Biden is doubling down on his failed Far-Left, anti-energy agenda.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) April 1, 2022
President Biden’s budget reinforces the disconnect between this Administration’s far-left goals and what Americans need. It’s soft on the defense funding we need to outpace Russia and China, heavy on left-wing waste and historic tax hikes.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 28, 2022
Instead of providing resources necessary to address the completely collapsed southern border & resulting migration & illicit drug crisis or increased threats around the globe, Biden’s budget piles on more far-left social spending & raises taxes that will be paid by all Americans.
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) March 29, 2022
Biden has destroyed our energy independence and is kowtowing to the far-left extreme of his party, all to the detriment of our economy.
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) March 24, 2022
Continuing her remarks to Fox Business Network, Ocasio-Cortez called for the president to exercise more of the “extraordinary amount of options at his disposal.”
“I think we have to ask ourselves: What, realistically, are we accomplishing as a team and as a collective between our families? And I think that the president has an extraordinary amount of options at his disposal that he has not yet exercised, and his ability to do that is going to be critical,” she said.
It sounds as if she wants him to go the route of former President Barack Hussein Obama and start issuing executive orders on everything.
Her remarks to FBN marked the second time in a matter of weeks that the congresswoman has urged the president to abandon the middle — not that serious people consider him to be anywhere near the middle — in favor of the far-left.
LOL to the people who thought Joe Biden was a moderate
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) January 22, 2021
“We need to acknowledge that this isn’t just about middle of the road, increasingly narrow band of independent voters. But this is really about the collapse of support among young people, among the Democratic base, feeling like they worked overtime to get this president elected and they aren’t necessarily being seen,” she said in a separate interview last week.
She essentially meant the type of young people known as “progressives” who want him to eliminate their student loan debt.
“It is Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s,” the congresswoman stressed.
Indeed, the president could, if desired, eliminate student loan debt for millions of Americans by simply signing an executive order. To his credit, he has yet to tread this far left — or at least on this issue.
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