During her first appearance on the Sunday morning show since taking office in January, New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that there was a "very real risk". President Trump will be re-elected in 2020 and has acknowledged this progressive frustration with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy. Pelosi is also "quite real".
The comments gave an unusually defensive tone to the 29-year-old brand of progressive fire, as Democrats seek to unveil their vast list of 23 presidential candidates. Ocasio-Cortez also spoke bluntly about his initiative to repeal the Hyde amendment, which outlaws most federal grants for abortion, as well as the abrupt reversal of the Democratic leader 2020, Joe Biden, earlier this month.
"I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency in favor of Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate who is fighting for a real transformational change in the lives of American workers," he said. Ocasio-Cortez at ABC News's Jon Karl on "This Week" Sunday.
"I think if we elect a president on half measures that the American people do not understand very well – the program of a president, you know, that means we are fighting for higher wages but we do not want no $ 15 Minimum wage, fight for education, but we do not want colleges to be free, we fight for women's rights, etc., but we do not want to go to the end, then I think we run a real risk of losing the presidency, "continued Ocasio-Cortez.
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Ocasio-Cortez said she did not see herself supporting a particular candidate "in the near future".
Responding to a NBC News poll showing growing support for an indictment investigation, Ocasio-Cortez called indictment investigations "constitutional responsibility". This prompted Karl to put pressure on Ocasio-Cortez to make it known that progressive Democrats were frustrated by Pelosi, D-Calif., Who had resisted calls for an impeachment procedure.
"I think it's pretty real," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I believe that there is a real animosity and desire to make sure we hold this president accountable."
A gradual and growing anger has also targeted Biden, who said earlier this month that he could no longer "support" Hyde's amendment, which he had defended for decades. The law makes the woman's right to an abortion "dependent on the postal code of someone."
The Hyde amendment prevents the government from providing funds for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or where the health of the mother is at stake.
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Last week, an abortion activist questioning Biden on his seesaw in Hyde's amendment said that the former vice president had thrown in the face of the activist and had tried to to seize the arm. "I thought he was going to hit me," said the activist after posting a brief viral video and a photo of the meeting.
The activist also noted many other women's accusations that Biden would have put them at ease during intimate encounters.
"In every poll, many Americans oppose public funding for abortions."
The Biden campaign did not respond to Fox News's request for comment on this topic. Ocasio-Cortez, asked if Biden had handled the charges of misconduct appropriately, told Karl: "I think it's something that he has to show the electorate, I think you know, I think it's a problem where there is a struggle, I'll be completely honest. "
She continued: "I do not think he has – I do not think so – I would not say it's extremely serious – as I do not think voters think that it's necessarily guilty of sexual misconduct or something like that. "
Ocasio-Cortez also said that the Democrats "probably" made a mistake in not repressing Bill Clinton's treatment of women during his presidency, but that the country had "evolved" in recent years.
But on the Hyde amendment, Ocasio-Cortez has shown itself more energetic.
"This is no longer the 70s," Ocasio-Cortez said in an email sent to contributors Saturday, with the aim of supporting the repeal of Hyde's amendment. "We are in 2019, and none of our leaders should be willing to support a policy that disproportionately affects low-income Americans and people of color just to satisfy the interests of anti-choice fanatics. We will fight to repeal the Hyde amendment and allow people to access the care they need.Sign your name if you are for the repeal of Hyde 's amendment.
Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday that Biden's new stance on the Hyde amendment was the bare minimum for a Democratic candidate in 2020. Just recently, during the last presidential cycle, the Hyde amendment benefited mainly from the fact that it was the only one in the world. bipartisan support.
"Well, I'm encouraged by the fact that he's now against the Hyde amendment – I think it's there that – I think it's a very low level where all the candidates must be, "said Karl Ocasio-Cortez. "I am pleased to propose the repeal of the Hyde Amendment through an amendment – we will see where it goes – for incarcerated women and the maternal and reproductive health care provided to women in prison. – that should be guaranteed as is – with all the women in the US And so I think it really depends – and that's really what the Hyde amendment says. "
Ocasio-Cortez continued, "We are talking about 50 to 51% of the American public affected by the realities of Hyde's amendment."
But Democrats risk playing an exaggerated role on the issue, analysts warn, even as a growing number of conservative-dominated states are adopting aggressive measures in favor of life. A recent article by William Saletan in Slate, titled "Abortion funding is not as popular as the Democrats think: recent polls largely refute what the progressives believe," contains an analysis that gives food for thought about the Democrats.
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"In every poll, a plurality of Americans oppose public funding for abortions," wrote Saletan. "In all but one poll, this majority is a majority".
Saletan concluded that while most Americans generally agree with the Democrats on the issue of abortion and do not support the withdrawal of abortion clinics, the recent push for progress goes too far.
"On the issue of direct payments [for abortion]"Saletan wrote", most voters are in agreement with the GOP. If the Democrats make this question a litmus test, they will regret it. "
Nevertheless, last week Illinois adopted a radical choice law that eliminated spousal consent, waiting times, criminal penalties for abortion providers, and restrictions on abortion facilities. such as licensing requirements and health and safety inspections. It also repealed the law on the prohibition of abortion at the partial birth of the state and established that "a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not enjoy independent rights under the law, of that State ".
Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based pro-life law firm, said the bill was tantamount to "legalizing the death penalty, without the possibility of recourse, for previously unborn children".
Fox News Caleb Parke contributed to this report.