Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Stands Behind Joe Biden: ‘The Matter Is Closed’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the far-left “Squad” leader in Congress, announced her support for President Joe Biden on Monday despite calls within his own party to step down following his disastrous debate against former President Donald Trump.

The congresswoman shared her position in a statement in which she called the matter “closed” due to the president’s insistence to stay in the race:

I have spoken to the President over the weekend. I have spoken with him extensively. He made clear then and he has made clear since that he is in this race. The matter is closed. He had reiterated that this morning, he has reiterated that to the public. Joe Biden is our nominee. He is not leaving this race. He is in this race and I support him.

Though calls for Biden to step down were broad across the political spectrum in the wake of the first presidential debate, the president’s stalwart commitment to staying in the race has caused many to second-guess their original stance. On Monday, he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that only the “elites” have asked him to drop out while the people still want him:

I was one of the few people out there publicly saying before the 2022 election, “There will be no red wave; there will be no red wave.” I’ve been all over the country. I didn’t believe it at all. Then, in 2023 key elections, I went into those races, not every one of them but a lot of them, saying we were going to win. We won those.
The American public is not going to move away from me as an average voter. Again, I’m here for two reasons, pal. One, to rebuild the economy for hard-working middle-class people, to give everybody a shot, a straight shot. Everybody gets a fair chance, number one. Number two, remember about all this talk about how I don’t have the black support? Give me a break. Come with me, watch. I’m getting frustrated by the elites, not you guys, the elites in the party, oh, they know so much more. Any of these guys that don’t think I should run, run against me, announce for president, challenge me at the convention.

Since then, prominent Democrats in the party have publicly backed Biden while denouncing calls for him to drop out.

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