Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) broke with the Democratic Party once again on Friday to publicly disagree with Joe Biden, saying that she can’t get onboard with his “optimistic” view of the GOP.
“This is one area where I believe that there’s kind of a track record of some slight disagreement between the president-elect and myself, and I say that, you know – this is it, it’s not a fight – it’s just a disagreement,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a virtual town hall on Friday.
“I believe that President-elect Biden has a very optimistic view of the Republican Party,” she added, according to Fox News. “He, he has made statements on, you know, once Trump is gone, they will see the error of their ways. And I applaud his optimism but I disagree with his assessment.”
Not stopping there, Ocasio-Cortez expressed fears about Democrats attempting to “water down [COVID] relief” while they have the congressional majority to “appease Republicans.”
This comes after Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal that includes $1,400 stimulus checks, $400 extended unemployment, state and local government funding, rental assistance and a moratorium on evictions, as well as other priorities. Ocasio-Cortez does not feel like this is enough, however, saying that, “$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400.”
“We can’t be slow walking or minimizing or hedging our ambitions because of Republicans, because this country elected Democrats and we elected a Democratic majority to get them health care, to get them stimulus checks, to get them rent protection, all of which are provisions that are included in Biden’s relief plan that I’m thrilled are included in Biden’s relief plan and that we look forward to expanding and building upon,” she added.
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against Biden. When he chose former Ohio Gov. John Kasich to speak at the DNC, Ocasio-Cortez blasted him as an “anti-choice extremist” and “not a friend to workers.”
This did not sit well with Kasich, who was quick to fire back at her.
“People on the extreme, whether they’re on the left or on the right, they get outsized publicity that tends to define their party,” Kasich said. “You know, I listen to people all the time make these statements, and because AOC gets outsized publicity doesn’t mean she represents the Democratic Party. She’s just a part, just some member of it.”