Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez named Bernie Sanders during her DNC speech. here’s why

MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained why she appointed Senator Bernie Sanders as chair during her Speech of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening. After many viewers seemed confused, the progressive New York lawmaker made it clear that this was a procedural decision and said she supported Joe Biden as president.

“If you were confused, no worries!” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The rules of the convention require a roll call and nominations for each candidate who exceeds the delegate threshold. I have been asked to second Senator Sanders’ name on the roll call.”

In another tweet afterwards, she congratulated Biden and wrote “I am deeply looking forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November.”

Delegates from the 57 states and territories appeared on video to vote for Biden and Sanders – the only two candidates named on the ballot – based on the results of the presidential primaries. Biden won the Democratic nomination with 3,558 delegates. He is expected to officially accept it on Thursday.

Sanders, who received the second-highest number of delegates with 1,151, was also named by former United Auto Workers president Bob King.

During Ocasio-Cortez’s DNC speech, she praised the progressive movement led by Sanders in his two presidential candidacies and offered a summary of the role he has played in Democratic presidential politics. She said he had created “a movement striving to recognize and heal the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia – and to propose and rebuild systems of reinvented immigration and foreign policy that turns away from the violence and xenophobia of our past “.

Additional reporting by Caroline Linton.


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