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In 90 seconds, AOC told us everything we need to know about Biden

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19.08.2020

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was given just 90 seconds to speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight — 30 longer than had been rumored — and she used them to great effect. The Bronx native chose to officially nominate Bernie Sanders in a race we all knew the Vermont senator had already lost. She didn’t have to do so, of course. She could have bowed out, politely stayed quiet, or she could have even chosen to throw her weight behind Joe Biden in the way that many others have, including Bernie himself. Her early endorsement of the senator didn’t compel her to turn on her camera tonight and appear as a dissenting voice among many other Democrats professing Biden to be “the next president of the United States”.

However, she stuck with her man. Speaking alongside the one other Sanders supporter, Bob King of the United Auto Workers union, Ocasio-Cortez said that she did so because she believes in “21st century rights” and “a movement which strives to recognise and repair the wounds” of the past. She said that she wanted to see “reimagined systems of immigration and foreign policy that turn away from the violence and xenophobia of our past” and referred to the current American economy as one of “unsustainable brutality”. It was a far cry from the “God bless America” and “best country in the world” rhetoric which the rest of the........

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