Firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called out “racial injustice, colonization, misogyny” as she nominated progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
While former Vice President Joe Biden was assured to win the nomination vote, Sanders did earn delegates during the primary and was was formally nominated during the Democratic National Convention proceedings.
Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive freshman lawmaker who has skyrocketed into the national psyche since assuming office, has closely aligned herself with Sanders and polices such as the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all and comprehensive immigration reform.
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“This is a grassroots movement to reclaim our democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Sanders’ campaign during a short speech lasting only 60 seconds.
Ocasio-Cortez has described the progressive movement started by Sanders as “a mass people’s movement” that’s working to move the country toward guaranteed health care and higher education.
Ocasio-Cortez is widely seen as the successor of Sanders’ progressive flank of the party.
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She said Sanders ran a historic grassroots campaign that realized that turns away from an American history checkered by violence, xenophobia, racial injustice and more and “that realizes the unsustainable brutality that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many.”
“At a time when millions of people in us are looking for solutions to these crises,” she added. “I hereby second the nomination for Bernard Sanders for president of the United States.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.