In an embarrassing gaffe that is being ridiculed by left and right, far left New York candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accidentally misidentified what party she is campaigning for.
Here’s what she said
After her shocking upset in New York’s 14th congressional district that unseated party boss Rep. Joe Crowley (D), Ocasio-Cortez has gone on to campaign for other similarly far left candidates wishing to bend the politics of the Democratic party.
But on one campaign stop with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), she appeared to forget, or simply misstate, what party she was campaigning for.
And Bernie Sanders tweeted the video of the gaffe out from his social media account.
He wisely neglected to quote her directly, saying, “Here in Kansas City with [Ocasio-Cortez] to support [Brent Welder] and flip this seat in November.”
Ocasio-Cortez unfortunately said something else entirely.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 20, 2018
“We’re gonna flip this seat red”
“Hello everybody,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “um, so excited to be hopping on here, Senator Sanders’ account, and we’re here in Kansas City to rally for Brent Welder, we’re gonna flip this seat red in November!”
But red is typically considered the color signifying the Republican party, while blue is considered the color signifying the Democrat party, so Ocasio-Cortez was saying that she was going to help Republicans win the seat.
Ocasio-Cortez has become a controversial figure even among Democrats, where some of the more traditional party adherents have chafed at the upstart campaign.
Welder has an uphill battle in unseating Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-N.Y.) in the district.