Regular viewers of Bret Baier’s evening newscast on Fox News got a treat recently when Baier had a one on one interview with none other than Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York. Whomever at FNC got AOC to appear on a network that she has been hostile to ever since she became a public figure must have earned his or her pay for the week.
According to Fox News, the fiery socialist seems pretty sure that Sanders lost Michigan due to “voter suppression” or something.
“Well, I think one thing that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country. Right there in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan. And so when we talk about who’s turning out and who’s not turning out, we absolutely need to be clear.”
The suggestion by politicians on the left that their losses were part of “voter suppression” is not new. However, these accusations tend to point to alleged conspiracies of minority voters being prevented in some manner from voting. AOC is the first politician to make the suggestion of voter suppression based on age.
Bernie Sanders, to be sure, has shown some popularity among younger voters, especially low information ones who regard socialism as something attractive. But analysts have noted that young Bernie supporters tend to show up more at rallies, especially when a popular band is part of the lineup than perform the drudgery of going to the polls, standing in line, and casting votes.
Baier, noting a good line of questioning when he saw it, made a follow-up. “You’re saying that you think voters didn’t get to vote that wanted to vote in Michigan?”
At this point, AOC seemed to back away from the idea of conspiracies that specifically suppress the youth vote.
“Absolutely. You know, obviously, there’s also more that we need to do in terms of turning out youth voters, We need to make sure that we’re inspiring young people to turn out. But when you do turn out, you should not be waiting three, four, seven hours in order to vote.”
In other words, AOC is calling rank inefficiency at polling places “voter suppression,” even though such a situation would affect voters of all ages and political persuasion.
Ocasio-Cortez went on to agree with President Trump that politics should be left out of the fight to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Then she started to get political.
She slammed the administration for not having an adequate testing regime. She suggested, without evidence, that only the rich can get tested for coronavirus. Bureaucratic red tape has inhibited the production and distribution of test kits. The Trump administration, responding to the problem, has lifted regulations and has granted leave for private companies to start producing and distributing coronavirus test kits.
Hot Air noted, quite drolly considering AOC’s support of a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, that the problems with coronavirus testing stemmed from government bureaucracy at the FDA and the CDC. The solution resides with private labs being unleashed to deal with the problem.
AOC also reiterated her criticism of Vice President Mike Pence being the head of the coronavirus task force. Many on the left, in elected office and the media, have attacked the idea of Pence being in charge of suppressing a pandemic. Pence has been accused of causing an outbreak of HIV when, as governor on Indiana, he stopped a needle exchange program.
However, Pence has also come into some praise from doctors and other professionals, especially those who are members of the taskforce. So far, while the president has been attacked politically for alleged confusion in the fight against coronavirus, Pence has been a steady manager, deferring to the experts and speeding along with measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic.
The face of the fight against coronavirus has become that of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci has provided much-needed clarification in a media and political universe that has offered more heat than light on the pandemic.
The best policy that the administration has made concerning the pandemic, even many in the media have concluded, is to allow Dr. Fauci to speak unimpeded. AOC did not acknowledge this fact during the interview on Fox News.