Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Why am I considered extreme?

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Here’s a question I get a lot: “Why are you considered to be extreme?”

I am considered “extreme” because:

– I believe in Medicare for All, aka guaranteed healthcare in the United States.

– I authored the Green New Deal, and believe tackling the climate crisis will take a much more massive and serious mobilization than what we’re doing now.

– Although I am a Democrat, I operate independently from either party’s establishment. So I am willing to challenge my own party’s leadership and, when necessary, break from the party line.

– I do not believe in late stage capitalism or that prioritizing the extreme pursuit of profit at any and all human/environmental costs will save us. I believe in cooperative economics and cooperative democracy, aka democratic socialism.

– My campaign is funded by grassroots, small-dollar donations and I accept $0 in corporate money (the average donation to keep me in office is around $16).

– I believe that ICE, an agency that was just formed in 2003 during the Patriot Act era, is a rogue agency that should not exist.

– I am the youngest woman in U.S. history to be elected to Congress. I was a waitress. I am Latina. I come from a low income background and am one of just a few working class people who got elected to Congress. That makes a lot of classist, ageist, misogynist, and racist people mad.

People like to lie about and caricature me a lot, which makes folks believe all sorts of things that aren’t true!

But together, we’ve built a movement fighting for each and every one of these issues — from Medicare for All to democratizing fundraising power in politics.

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