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Ocasio-Cortez Convention Snub Highlights Rift Among Democrats

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The Twittersphere is resounding with condemnations of the Democratic Party from progressives irate over the fact that Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has been given a minuscule role in next week’s Democratic National Convention.

Ocasio-Cortez will have 60 seconds on Tuesday to share a pre-recorded message.

Meanwhile, coveted live speaking spots are going to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former presidential contender and former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.

The convention begins Monday, nominally in Milwaukee but with speakers chiming in from all parts of the nation in a fully online convention that will officially nominate former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential candidate.

Ocasio-Cortez had been a strong supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the Democratic presidential primaries.

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She used her Twitter account to tease her reaction and her comments, posting a poem by Benjamin Mays, the longtime president of Morehouse University in Atlanta who was a mentor to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., a Morehouse graduate.

“I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, I did not choose it, But I know that I must use it. Give account if I abuse it. Suffer, if I lose it. Only a tiny little minute, But eternity is in it,” she posted. As noted by Inc, the poem was the first floor speech in the House of Representatives given by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland when his congressional career started in 1996.

But if Ocasio-Cortez was restrained, her followers on Twitter were not.

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Joining Ocasio-Cortez in Tuesday’s lineup will be former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Schumer, former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, according to NPR.

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Monday’s speakers will include Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (a Republican) and former first lady Michelle Obama.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Warren, former President Barack Obama and  Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Biden’s running mate, will speak Wednesday.

Biden will speak Thursday, preceded by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Buttigieg, and members of the Biden family.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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