Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the reliably liberal network MSNBC when she nominated Bernie Sanders and not Joe Biden last night in her big speech.
She started a feud with the network to get them to retract their story as she explained that she supports Biden she just nominated Bernie on procedural grounds.
“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,” AOC said.
MSNBC was stunned and tweeted out, “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez nominates Sen. Sanders over Joe Biden at the #DemConvention: “In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises: I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president.”
They added later that AOC did not endorse Biden and AOC called them out.
“You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet. It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion,” she said.
“So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for? Because a 1:15 am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it” she added.
But Ocasio-Cortez, who is pointed to as one of the progressive movement’s next leaders, used her limited convention time to celebrate the movement Sanders has led. She gave a speech that focused on a vision for progressives that moved past Sanders’ campaign and spoke directly to the movement that progressives created around Sanders’ two presidential campaigns, while highlighting policies like universal healthcare and free higher education. She didn’t mention Sanders until nearly the end of her nomination.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seconded the largely symbolic nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee during the second night of the Democratic Party’s convention on Tuesday.
Ocasio-Cortez’s short speech was symbolic: Every candidate for president who brings delegates to the party convention is required to be formally nominated, a role Ocasio-Cortez shared with former United Auto Workers union head Bob King. Her nomination came just a day after Sanders himself gave a speech to his supporters at the convention outlining Joe Biden’s health care plan and calling on his supporters to rally behind Biden’s campaign.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“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.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez nominates Sen. Sanders over Joe Biden at the #DemConvention: “In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises … I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president." pic.twitter.com/CKc28FLzTq
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 19, 2020
So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for?
Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it. https://t.co/zf6Wqiotvv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020