AOC says Democratic Party needs new leadership, warns of power vacuum

by Joel Abbott · Dec 16th, 2020 1:42 pm

Last Updated Dec 17th, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Tuesday that it is time to replace the leadership of the Democratic Party, but warned about a power vacuum during any future transition.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments on a podcast with The Intercept, detailing the current power struggles between traditional Democratic leaders and the increasing far-left elements within the party.

"I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party," she said. "I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession."

The congresswomen also spoke specifically about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"A lot of this is not just about these two personalities, but also about the structural shifts that these two personalities have led in their time in leadership," said the congresswoman, who said she believes congressional leaders have less power than they did decades ago.

She also said her party does not have a "real grooming of a next generation of leadership," and expressed frustration with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden regarding his potential Cabinet appointees.

"The Biden administration is bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, which depending on where you are in the party, may sound nice, I guess," said Ocasio-Cortez.

At the same time, the congresswoman warned against a potential power vacuum during the transition of power to younger leaders.

"There isn't a plan," she said. "How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse."

Ocasio-Cortez also said she was not yet ready to step into any leadership role.

"The House is extraordinarily complex, and I'm not ready," she said. "It can't be me. I know that I couldn't do that job."


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