It’s no secret that New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Trump don’t see eye-to-eye. In fact, it’s practically the understatement of the year!
But in a shocking turn of events, President Trump just gave a big endorsement to AOC.
Apparently, it’s all about getting another New Yorker OUT of the Senate… Chuck Schumer!
According to a report from Fox News, Trump urged AOC to run against the state’s longtime Sen. Chuck Schumer in the 2022 primary in November, saying that she would be a “big improvement” and that she would likely win.
Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has been a vocal critic of the president, but so has Ocasio-Cortez, who faces her own primary challenger this year for her House seat.
Critics of the president say Trump's call on Ocasio-Cortez to run is simply an attempt to divide the party.
According to the Fox News report, Trump retweeted a report from the Washington Times that said liberals “are kicking around the idea” of the “Squad” leader taking on Schumer, who represents to them the old establishment.
This is not the first time that Trump played fight promoter between AOC and Schumer. Earlier this year he said that AOC would “kick his a--.” (referring to Schumer)
Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political establishment when she defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary and went on to win the general election.
Since then, she has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic Party’s left flank, calling for a “Green New Deal” and the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
According to the report, Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview in April that she is focused on winning her reelection to Congress rather than seek higher office. But when Politico’s Playbook asked her if she would rule out a run against Schumer, she responded, “I don’t know.”
The Atlantic reported back in January that Schumer “is trying to ward off a 2022 primary challenge” from Ocasio-Cortez.
“That’s all I thought it was about,” a veteran trade lobbyist told the magazine. “He sees AOC over his shoulder at all times, apparently.”
Could AOC actually make a run at the Senate? We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this… as will Chuck Schumer!