Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) formally seconded the nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to be the party’s presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday.
During her sixty-second virtual speech, Ocasio-Cortez stressed the general progressive, far-left ideals but didn’t mention former Vice President Joe Biden’s name once.
The first-term lawmaker praised Sanders as an advocate for “a mass people’s movement working to establish 21st century social, economic and human rights—including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages and labor rights—for all people in the United States.”
“In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment, and lack of health care, and espíritu del pueblo and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The formal nomination of Sanders—who suspended his presidential campaign more than four months ago—was strictly a procedural move. Convention rules call for a formal roll call of delegates, where each candidate who rallied enough support during the primaries and caucuses can receive delegate presidential nominations. But the candidate can roll over delegates to the party’s presumptive nominee.
Ocasio-Cortez’s nomination, however, sparked confusion on social media.
“If you were confused, no worries! Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold. I was asked to 2nd the nom for Sen. Sanders for roll call. I extend my deepest congratulations to @JoeBiden - let’s go win November,” she tweeted.
She also congratulated Biden via Twitter, noting, “I deeply look forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November.”
Progressives and far-left party members were angered with the minute slot allotted for the congresswoman, as Republican speakers—like former Ohio Governor John Kasich—were granted more time.
Before Kasich took the virtual stage on the first of the convention, he slammed Ocasio-Cortez for receiving “outsized publicity” considering she’s “just some member” of the Democratic party. He added that her progressive views aren’t “representative” of the entire party.
The congresswoman took to Twitter to respond to his remarks, commending his decision to support Biden, but later lashed out at the former governor.
“Yet also, something tells me a Republican who fights against women’s rights doesn’t get to say who is or isn’t representative of the Dem party,” she tweeted.
Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.