Kelly waved a poll taken the May before the 2016 presidential election as evidence of the threat. It showed Bernie Sanders — another avowed socialist and an Ocasio-Cortez comrade — leading Trump by over 10 percentage points in a hypothetical race.
Actually, the poll reflected realities Kelly chose to ignore. One was how unappealing most voters regarded Trump. Another was that Trump and his backers were themselves promoting Sanders at the time to sabotage Hillary Clinton. Finally, a lot of people who don’t like Sanders don’t like Trump even more.
Anyhow, a recent poll of Democrats on prospective 2020 presidential candidates shows Joe Biden leading the pack, with 26 percent support, and Sanders at only 19 percent. (A Politico/Morning Consult poll had Trump losing to either one.)
Kelly does not give up: “Socialism is just communism dressed up in high heels and lipstick.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s ability to come off as “real” and to fearlessly mock her foes on social media has been likened to Trump’s. That’s what might concern Republicans. It’s like the left found the secret sauce.
On the other hand, AOC is just a junior member of the 116th U.S. Congress. Trump is commander in chief. There’s a difference, you know.
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