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Michael Moore calls Ocasio-Cortez the new face of the Democratic Party: 'There's no middle ground'


Suggests lowering minimum age for president so she can run

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore believes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is the new face of the Democratic Party.

What did he say?

"She is the leader," Moore said from New York during a Friday interview on MSNBC. "Everybody knows it. Everybody feels it."

"She's the leader of this mass movement," he continued, "I'm not talking about a movement in terms of an organization."

He also suggested a constitutional amendment to lower the minimum age requirement to run for president to age 30 (it's currently age 35) so that Ocasio-Cortez can run for that office.

"We need to lower that," Moore said.

Moore pointed to a Fox News poll that indicated voters support Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to increase the tax rate up to 70 percent for the richest Americans. About 59 percent of registered voters supported the idea under a Hill-HarrisX survey conducted Jan. 12-13. Ocasio-Cortez wants to use the extra tax dollars to help fund a climate change agenda.

Moore also urged those with moderate views to "take a position," in response to a question about whether someone like Ocasio-Cortez, with very progressive politics, could turn off moderates.

"If you're being moderate, stop being moderate," Moore said.

"Take a position," he added. "There's no middle ground anymore. There's no halfway point to should somebody be paid a living wage. 'Well, I'm a moderate so I think they could be paid half of that living wage.'"

"On the issue of choice, there's no halfway there," Moore said. "You're either for it or you're against it. Do you believe in equal rights for women? Do you believe we should have an Equal Rights Amendment? Yes or No? There's no middle ground. There's no time for moderation."

Anything else?

CNN on Sunday listed a number of Ocasio-Cortez's achievements during her first month in Congress. The Democratic lawmaker from New York:

  • Became the youngest member of the 116th Congress after being sworn in at age 29 on Jan. 3.
  • Gained a total number of Twitter followers that's bigger than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Twitter followers.
  • Was named to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

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