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Breitbart by Hannah Bleau13 Feb 2020

Report: Bernie Sanders Campaign Fears Ocasio-Cortez’s Rhetoric Will Alienate Voters in Rust Belt States

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign is reportedly unhappy with the stump speech Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered in Sanders’ absence on the campaign trail during the Senate impeachment trial and fears her strong rhetoric could alienate voters in Trump-won battleground states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, according to a report from Vanity Fair.

Ocasio-Cortez went on the campaign trail for her candidate in Iowa during the Senate impeachment trial, which kept Sanders locked down in the nation’s capital, compromising his ability to campaign in the Hawkeye State ahead of its caucuses. According to Vanity Fair, Ocasio-Cortez’s performance “stoked some tensions between herself and the Sanders campaign” and caused some to fear that her “off script” performance could jeopardize Sanders’ chances of resonating with voters in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — three states President Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, reportedly sent a message to the New York lawmaker’s campaign manager critiquing Ocasio-Cortez’s performance, “according to a source familiar with the exchange.” Shakir was reportedly bothered that Ocasio-Cortez did not mention Sanders’ name during the rally at the University of Iowa last month. Her rhetoric on breaking apart U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and “tipping people off” on their presence in order to “keep people safe” also raised eyebrows.

“Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities to try and keep people safe,” she said during a Sanders campaign event in Ames, Iowa, adding that Sanders is “actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP”:

    Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol were also seen by some within the Sanders campaign as going too far, straying from Sanders’s stance on the issues in encouraging people not to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, according to this source.


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Bernie to AOC:
Keep the commie rhetoric hid, it may not play in Pittsburgh...

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This shouldn't be news to you, Bern, but it's your rhetoric that's scaring the crap out of the rust belt workers.  Those folks working the long shifts haven't had the time to get a load of some NYC Congressbroad.  js
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