Bernie Sanders has announced his bid for president in the 2020 run. But he’s finding that some of his 2016 supporters have moved on.
The stand out example for this is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In 2016 AOC was working for Sanders first presidential campaign. That old bond doesn’t seem to hold much sway for the freshman congresswoman now, who has declined to endorse the 77-year-old senator.
“We’re excited to see so many progressives in the race,” Corbin Trent, a spokesperson for AOC said. “We’re not thinking at all about the next election.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been a powerhouse for Dems given her social media forte and would be an asset for anyone candidate she chose to endorse. But there are risks to associating yourself with a candidate who loses and it looks like AOC is more interested in preserving her own skin now that she has a position of power.
The congresswoman’s home state of New York is set to hold it’s Democratic primary in the following year. It looks like in order to serve her own interests, AOC will be keeping her mouth shut for a change.