Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued what some took as a warning to President Joe Biden on Thursday regarding younger voters in the Democratic Party.
The self-described Democratic socialist from New York said that the president is in danger of a “collapse” in support from younger, far-left Democratic voters in remarks during an interview with New York 1 host Errol Louis.
She also talked about Biden’s ongoing political struggles as the potential for a GOP takeover of Congress is looming larger ahead of the November midterms, the New York Post reported.
“We need to acknowledge that this isn’t just about middle of the road, increasingly narrow band of independent voters,” she told Louis.
“But, this is really about the collapse of support among young people, among Democratic base, feeling like they worked overtime to get this president elected and they aren’t necessarily being seen,” she added.
The paper noted further:
She made the statement as part of a longer exchange about Biden’s low polling numbers and how she believes Democrats might be able to avert a walloping in November’s congressional elections, which the party that controls the White House typically endures.
“It is Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s,” she told Louis, referencing a promise made by Biden on the campaign trail to axe $10,000 off every college student’s debt, a progressive talking point that the White House has yet to fulfill.
She and other members of the far-left “Squad” in Congress insist that Biden, as president, has executive authority to wipe out student debt, bypassing more conservative members of her party as well as Republicans, though it’s not clear that authority would hold up to constitutional scrutiny.
“With his falling approval numbers, one would think they might be open to trying something, other than cruising down the path to a tough reelection. Do you get the sense whether or not they’re open to that?” asked Louis.
The lawmaker responded that Biden is still thinking about the issue while warning that “time for the administration is running out.”
“And we do not have much more time to wait because these falling poll numbers, I don’t believe in governing by polling,” she added.