In an interview with The Guardian this past Saturday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (shown above right) said former Vice President Joe Biden, currently the front-runner for the Democrat nomination in 2020, is not the candidate progressives like herself want.
Omar believes Biden is not capable of being a catalyst for “systemic” change — that’s code for going back to liberal fantasies of hope and change — and he is not capable of “exciting generations” of radical leftists.
“There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country,” Omar said.
“And I would say he is not one of them.”
She added Biden is not fit to bring about the radical change she and her fellow “squad” members would like to see in America.
“I think it has been very clear to many of the people who have been creating the kind of movement that is exciting generations that we want somebody who really has a plan that is going to tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have, and he doesn’t.”
Nancy Pelosi: effectively endorses Joe Biden’s health care plan, says Medicare-for-all is not “the way to go.”
Ilhan Omar, days later: Joe Biden is not the progress we all want to see.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) September 23, 2019
Omar blasted Biden after she delivered a keynote address at the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum. There, she said the upcoming election could be catastrophic for the Left if the proper radical isn’t chosen as the nominee to face President Donald Trump.
Omar explained that the Left needs “a president who realizes we are not just fighting for one election — we are fighting for the very soul of our democracy and what society we want to become.”
The society she wants to deliver is one where “white people” have little power and where American values are decimated.
Doubtful most Americans would accept the changes you want to see, Rep. Omar.https://t.co/G0QBr54I9E
— Bob Beasley (@13013B) September 23, 2019
Omar’s statements hinting that Biden is too old and entrenched in the ways of old-school politicians echo those of her fellow squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (shown above left).
Ocasio-Cortez has said a Biden campaign “does not particularly animate me right now” — and that she “[doesn’t] want to go back,” she “want[s] to go forward.”
She also suggested Biden’s age and “mental capacity” were game for analysis.
“I don’t want to use those proxies, a number [his age] as a proxy for capacity,” she said. “I think you have to assess a person’s capacity kind of on a case-by-case basis.”
The mental capacities of both Omar and AOC are on a par with that of Biden, in our view — and they’re both fairly young. Not sure what their excuse would be.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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