Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested in a new interview that she might quit politics if Democrats don't align with the causes she supports.
Speaking to the New York Times, the freshman Democratic socialist who won her reelection, said she was considering not running this year.
“I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” she told the paper. “You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.”
Ocasio-Cortez said that "stress," "violence," and a "lack of support" from the Democratic Party are among the reasons why she would possibly leave politics.
“Externally, there’s been a ton of support, but internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive,” she griped to the paper.
Over the weekend, some Democratic lawmakers issued a rebuke to socialist messaging and proposals, saying it cost Democrats elections on Nov. 3.
Among them was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who told CBS News on Sunday: “We’re not for the New Green Deal, we’re not for the things [President Donald Trump] has talked about, Medicare for All. We can’t even pay for Medicare for some."
He added, “Basically labeling every Democrat as a socialist or supporting socialism, that’s not who we are. It’s not who I am is not how we were raised. And it hurt a lot of good Democrats in rural America, Montana, for one. Other places around the country.”
A number of people on the social media website compared her to 20th-century dictators like Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, Mao Zedong of the Chinese Communist Party, or Adolf Hitler for the list suggestion.