- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Elected Republican lawmakers’ unwavering support for President Donald Trump is a political “hostage situation,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview.

Talking to Rolling Stone magazine, the freshman New York Democrat said that conservative legislators refuse to stand up to Mr. Trump because it would damage their careers.

“In the Republican Party, there’s a hostage situation going on,” she said. “There are a lot of Republicans that know what the right thing to do is — not just on impeachment but on a wide range of issues — and they refuse to speak up.”

However, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said this thinking is no longer “in the realm of politics,” adding that she does not see these secret Republican dissenters as allies.

“I am tired of people saying, ‘I’m gonna vote the same way as bigots, but I don’t share the ideology of bigots,’” she said. “Well, you share the action and the agenda of bigots. We need to hold that accountable.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, said that she believes her party “compromises too much,” she aims to use her influence to move the Overton Window — the set of topics acceptable for public discussion — to create more national debates on her policy priorities. 

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