Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for the elimination of the electoral college. The 28 year old candidate for a congressional seat in New York declared over the weekend the electoral college is a racist relic of the past and has to go. The avowed “Democratic Socialist” was commenting on a tweet by a writer for GQ magazine, who was complaining that the last two Republican presidents lost the popular vote but have been able to appoint four justices to the Supreme Court.
—QUOTABLE: “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.” -Ocasio-Cortez
Barack Obama all but made it official: he’s a socialist. Well at least he endorsed one. The failed former president on Monday endorsed avowed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid for a deep blue New York congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez came to fame when she shocked politics by knocking off deeply entrenched Democrat Joe Crowley, then went on to make a series of blunders that turned her into a punchline. Obama’s endorsement is hardly bold—the district she’s running for is hardcore Dem and her ideas, including abolishing ICE and having government take over all of health care, are gaining traction on the left.
Is socialism on the upswing or just a fad? If the latest out of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Michael Moore is any hint, the lurch leftward is already running on fumes. At a campaign stop on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described Democratic Socialist attracted only a small crowd that gathered around the candidate a couple people deep, according to a Twitter video. That vid did get 98,000 views. It may have done better than Moore’s latest movie, which is shaping up to be a major bomb. The flick, Fahrenheit 11/9, is a hair on fire screed about President Trump’s election. It is headed to an eighth place finish, earning just $3 million—well short of expectations.