Every generation has a celebrity couple that defines the meaning of love. Like Evelyn Nesbit and Stanford White, Leon Trotsky and Frida Kahlo, that fictional class warfare couple on the Titanic, and Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
And then that amazing romance falls apart. And a nation weeps.
Following Ocasio-Cortez’s three-day stint, Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, texted AOC’s campaign manager to express his dissatisfaction with aspects of her performance, according to a source familiar with the exchange. Specifically, the Sanders campaign was miffed that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mention Sanders by name when she closed out a campaign event at the University of Iowa on a Friday night at the end of last month—a fact that Fox News picked up on.
As a politician of colorless color, Rep. Ocasio Cortez is entitled to ghost an elderly white man who keeps ranting about socialism.
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol were also seen by some within the Sanders campaign as going too far, straying from Sanders’s stance on the issues in encouraging people not to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, according to this source.
Ocasio-Cortez and her team, after all they’d done for Sanders, were said to be annoyed at being called on the carpet. And AOC’s team is also said to have had concerns about radio host Joe Rogan’s controversial unofficial endorsement of Sanders.
(The Sanders campaign said no such concerns about Rogan were raised. The campaign also expressed strong appreciation for all that Ocasio-Cortez has done as a surrogate for Sanders on the campaign trail.)
Cortez backed Sanders to build her own brand. But building her own brand also means taking every possible radical position because she doesn’t have to worry about winning while Sanders does. And thus Comrade Sanders becomes the new sellout.
And the great socialist love affair is on the rocks.
“How do you talk to your kids about Sandy from Westchester and Bernie from one of his three homes breaking up?”
“I don’t know, Roger. I just don’t know.”
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