Former President Barack Obama declared his endorsement of 81 Democratic candidates for congressional, state and local races in this fall’s midterm elections, but he noticeably left out the unapologetically socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid to win her New York House race.
Ocasio-Cortez joined the campaign trail of fellow socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after upsetting her highly favored congressman challenger – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley – which escalated the concern of many establishment Democrats.
Obama’s own brand of diversity
Obama celebrated supporting diversity in his selections, but being a socialist, female, Hispanic and just 28 years old was apparently not the kind of diverse combination he was looking for.
“I am proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” Obama proclaimed in a statement on Wednesday, according to Fox News. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility and the rule of law.”
In fact, Obama’s choices for the Empire State included another Hispanic and female, while his picks beyond state borders included San Francisco’s former mayor who unabashedly supports the LGBT agenda and open borders – as does Ocasio-Cortez.
“In New York, Obama endorsed two candidates – House hopeful Antonio Delgado and Anna Kaplan for a state Senate seat,” Fox News reported. “Among his most prominent endorsements were for Gavin Newsom for governor of California, Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia and Jacky Rosen, the Democrat running against incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada.”
Included in the 44th president’s 81 endorsements were more than a half-dozen officials from has past administration and presidential campaigns, while support for other big-name Democrats were made in recent months.
“Obama also weighed in on home state races in Illinois, offering endorsements for gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker – brother of his former Commerce secretary Penny Pritzker – and several House candidates, as well as candidate for Illinois attorney general Kwame Raoul,” Fox News’ Brooke Singman noted. “Obama earlier this year endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is in a tight Democrat-vs.-Democrat race against Kevin de Leon in November.”
One of Obama’s former officials – who butted heads with President Donald Trump, as does Ocasio-Cortez on a number of hot-button issues – also gained his support, indicating that her socialist, anti-establishment platform could be viewed as a threat to the future of the Democratic Party.
“He also endorsed Democrat Richard Cordray for governor of Ohio, [who] was head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Mr. Obama but left the post during President Trump’s first year in office amid a bitter clash over reining in the agency’s powers,” the Washington Times announced. “Mr. Obama’s list also includes 22 candidates for the U.S. House, but only one for Senate – Jacky Rosen in Nevada – call[ing] it ‘the first wave’ of endorsements, indicating there will be more. In Pennsylvania, he endorsed Democrat Susan Wild – who is running to replace moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Allentown – who retired.”
Even though more endorsements are expected from the former president, his lack of excitement about Ocasio-Cortez coming out on top in November was evident in her absence from his list of 80-plus Democratic candidates.
“[F]irst, they need our votes – and I’m eager to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall,” Obama insisted, according to the Washington Times.
Reasons for missing the list?
Ocasio-Cortez’s connection with ultra-left organizations and philanthropists with deep pockets could be one of the reasons Obama and other establishment Democrats could be shunning her.
According to TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck, Young Turks and billionaire George Soros were listed as major supporters of Ocasio-Cortez’s New York primary win, and he also made known another discovery about the socialist’s background …
“I went to her campaign website and took that web address and looked through the internet archive, [and] when I went back to 2017, it was not her website, it belonged to the group, ‘Brand New Congress,’ (BNC)” TheBlaze’s Beck divulged.
Researcher Richard Weinstein joined Beck in revealing some of the policies at the center of Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist Democratic platform.
“Fixing the Economy, Medicare for All, Tax Reform, Foreign Policy, Women’s Rights, CJ Reform, Voting Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Immigration Reform,” Weinstein tweeted Tuesday.
He went on to share another post about Ocasio-Cortez’s questionable ties.
“’Justice Democrats; is a PAC co-founded by Cenk Uygur, the far lefty that used to be on MSNBC and eventually started a Youtube blog called TYT (The Young Turks),” Weinstein explained in another Tuesday tweet, which was followed by another post showing her talking to Uygur about how BNC and Justice Democrats pushed her to run for Congress.
Beck then exposed another one of Ocasio-Cortez’s problematic connections.
“Guess who is the deep-pockets behind The Young Turks? Yep, the Media Consortium, which is a George Soros-endowed entity,” Beck continued. “The story is that she went out and knocked on doors – which I believe she did, she worked hard for it – but she also has, apparently, funding and support from very leftist organizations, including George Soros.”
Some Democrats also have a problem with Ocasio-Cortez being revered by the mainstream medias as some sort of god or Democratic socialist idol.
In fact, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) condemned the mainstream media for making the far-left political newcomer into a deity after her Democratic primary victory for Congress in New York’s 14th District, stressing that her socialist agenda stretches the Democratic Party to the outer brink of liberalism – whether it is policies concerning abolishing ICE, LGBT “rights,” universal health care or foreign relations.
“I think in some ways the media has pushed the young woman victorious in the New York congressional race against Joe Crowley to the point that she has been made out as some kind of deity,” Cleaver expressed to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto during a Fox News interview Tuesday, according a report last month from TheBlaze. “And obviously, the Democratic Party are gonna have people who would like to pull the party to the far left. That’s not where America is.”
The snubbing’s not over …
Obama also managed to cut his list of endorsements off without including a number of other notable Democratic favorites, which could help Republicans at the ballot box, come November.
“Obama also did not weigh in on the New York race for governor, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) faces a challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon,” Breitbart News reported. “He also did not endorse Rep. Beto O’Rourke who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.”
Cuomo is staunchly against President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policies and ICE, recently pardoning illegal aliens who are facing deportation with criminal histories.
He recently blasted the president on his immigration stance.
“At a time when President Trump and the federal government are waging a war on our immigrant communities, New York stands firm in our belief that our diversity is our greatest strength,” Cuomo declared in a recent statement posted by Fox News. “While President Trump engages in policies that rip children out of the arms of their mothers and tries to ramp up the deportation of New Yorkers to advance his political agenda of hate and division, we will protect our immigrant communities. With the Statue of Liberty in our harbor, New York will always stand against the hate coming out of Washington, and instead serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.”
The left-leaning governor seeking reelection was unapologetic about letting illegals evade the law.
“The convictions of the seven illegal immigrants he pardoned include low-level assault, identity theft, petty larceny, possession of stolen property, and the criminal sale of a controlled substance,” TheBlaze’s Doc Thompson reported. “Cuomo justified the pardons by highlighting that fact that all seven individuals had been ‘crime-free’ and productive members in their community for a ‘substantial period’ of time.”
A number of other key Democrats were also left off Obama’s list.
“Establishment Senate Democrats seeking re-election were also snubbed by Obama, including Senators facing tough races such as Bill Nelson, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill,” Breitbart’s Charlie Spierling noted.