Calm Down: AOC Was at the DNC to Nominate Sanders But She’s Supporting Biden


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By Araceli Cruz

August 18, 2020

Did she just nominate Sen. Sanders? Yes, but that’s what the convention is all about.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went a little over her 60-second window but hit each critical issue like a champ. There is one thing that seems to be confusing people. 

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At the end of her remarks, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said she nominates Sen. Bernie Sanders for the President of the United States. 

“In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment, and lack of health care, and espíritu del pueblo and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” she said.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez addressed this confusion on Twitter by stating, “If you were confused, no worries! Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold. I was asked to 2nd the nom for Sen. Sanders for roll call. I extend my deepest congratulations to @JoeBiden—let’s go win in November.”

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Yet still, people on social media were thrown for a loop when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said those last words.

While those last words may have been confusing for some, her 60-second speech touched on important issues. Here’s an excerpt below: 

“In fidelity and gratitude to a mass people’s movement working to establish 21st century social, economic, and human rights, including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages, and labor rights for all people in the United States; a movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia, and to propose and build reimagined systems of immigration and foreign policy that turn away from the violence and xenophobia of our past; a movement that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many, and who organized a historic, grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy.” 

Watch her speech below:




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