Joe Biden has squashed claims the Democratic Party is making a hard-left turn — claiming in a new interview that the majority of the party doesn’t support the views of firebrand socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary [Clinton]. AOC was the new party,” the presidential wannabe, 77, told Axios, claiming media coverage of radical Democrats had it wrong.
“She’s a bright and wonderful person, but where’s the party?” Biden said of the Bronx-born politician, suggesting her reputation had been exaggerated. “Come on, man.”
The former vice president, a top-polling contender since he announced his White House bid in April, said progressive Democrats represented a much smaller faction of the party and claimed voters didn’t want Medicare for All — a key proposal of rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
“The party’s not there, the party’s not there at all,” the former vice president said when asked if he thought the idea was “political suicide.”
When told his opponents supported the policy, Biden doubled down and said the media were wrong about the future of the party.
“The party’s not there. You know the numbers. You guys got it all wrong about what happened,” the silver-haired lawmaker continued.
“You sound like Trump — ‘Fake news,’” political journalist and Axios co-founder Mike Allen interjected.
“Yeah, I do,” said Biden. “It’s not fake, it’s just bad judgment.”
This is not the first time the Pennsylvania-born legislator has knocked Ocasio-Cortez, 30, a former bartender who has become one of the most outspoken faces of the party — at points clashing with the Democratic old guard such as Nancy Pelosi.
“I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary,” Biden told CNN in July.
“In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education and health care,” he said.