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Socialists UNITE! Ocasio-Cortez Set To Endorse Bernie Sanders

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Well, the war-cry was heard. Socialists of the world unite, right? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will announce that she will be endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Is this shocking? I mean the 2020 Democratic field is full of liberal clowns, but Bernie is a special breed. He’s not a capitalist. He trashes the job-creating and investing class, thinks Amazon and other corporations are vehicles of evil, and pretty much has the same talking points book as AOC. 

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Sanders has been struggling. He’s recovering from a heart attack, he hasn’t made any headway in the polls that point to him taking the top spot in the field, and the move he needs to make to clear some space for him—attacking Elizabeth Warren—he won’t do. So, with AOC’s endorsement, she could inject some new life into the campaign, as reported by The Washington Post. The announcement will be made official this Saturday at a rally, in which Ocasio-Cortez is set to make an appearance:

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most influential voices among young liberals and a rising Democratic star, plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president and appear with him at a rally on Saturday, according to two people with knowledge of her plans.

The surprise endorsement is a political coup for Sanders, 78, who has been fading in the polls and has faced growing questions about his age and health. Before Tuesday’s Democratic debate, he had been sidelined from the campaign trail for two weeks by a heart attack.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday,” said Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez. Sanders teased the rally at Tuesday night’s presidential debate, saying he would have a “special guest” appearing with him in New York.

Another person with knowledge of the congresswoman’s plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a decision that has not yet been announced publicly, confirmed the endorsement. Sanders campaign officials declined to comment.

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AOC is feisty but totally wrong on policy. She supports Sanders’ soaking the rich approach, the Green New Deal, which is her pet policy project, and totally not someone who walks lockstep with the establishment. You saw that brawl erupt this summer between her and House Speaker Pelosi. Sanders is also an outsider, so it shouldn’t shock us that AOC, the insurgent, is backing another candidate who will take a baseball bat to D.C., only this time with a left swing. 

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