Bitter rift with Bernie? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez undercuts Sanders's Biden endorsement

Is the rift between Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez getting a little wider?

How else to explain Ocasio-Cortez's sudden concern about Creepy Joe Biden, who has been credibly accused of sexual assault by a young Senate staffer, Tara Reade?

According to The Hill:

Ocasio-Cortez was asked about the allegation against the former vice president during an online forum hosted by The Wing, a women’s network and community space, by a questioner who said she was strongly opposed to President Trump’s reelection but that she also "really resent[s] the fact that the other choice is someone who has a really long history of being creepy to women," citing the allegation by former staffer Tara Reade.

"I think it's legitimate to talk about these things," Ocasio-Cortez responded, according to CBS News. "And if we want, if we again want to have integrity, you can't say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us."

Which probably isn't about Tara Reade, given the Democrats' capacity to ignore uncomfortable topics if the target is a Democrat, as well as their easy way with 'what-about-ism' which in this case would include their narrative that President Trump is the real sex-harasser, not Biden.

Actually, this statement seems to be more about undercutting Bernie Sanders. Just days ago, Ocasio-Cortez's socialist mentor endorsed Biden in the name of party unity, following the heck of a fight he put up to keep Biden from being the nominee. This week he caved in to endorse Biden, which probably meant some kind of deal or payoff from the Democrats, if his past is any indication.

Ocasio-Cortez was not onboard with that one. 

Like many Bernie supporters, she was probably pretty displeased at Sanders's pullout from the race just as she was getting her own name out there to the crowd, courtesy of all those Bernie events.

Which the Bernie people noticed she seemed to be using to draw attention to herself rather than Bernie, given that she never mentioned Bernie in her Bernie-rally speeches. This annoyed Camp Bernie mightily.

And yes, there was a rift of sorts even then. And according to a Politico report last March, a whole host of little pinprick things dividing them.

Now she's really undercut Bernie with this embrace of sex-harassment charges against Biden. Because Bernie now looks like a fool to be supporting Biden, as does President Obama, who also (with a smirk) endorsed Biden. 

Ocasio-Cortez just pointed out that they endorsed a sex harasser, and an unusually creepy one at that. Coming as it does at a time when Biden is desperately trying to draw the Bernie people into the Democrat tent under his leadership, it's pretty much a call to split and get away from this guy. With Ocasio-Cortez now calling out Biden as a pervert, and 15% of the Bernie-ites already planning to vote for Trump as it is, all it's going to do is justify more Bernie-ites staying home or else casting their votes for a third party if not Trump.

So much for party unity. Will be fun to watch Bernie answer questions about this one. Better still, it will be party-time as we continue to watch Ocasio-Cortez speak out on the election.

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