Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the leader of “the Squad” are reportedly not seeing eye to eye on the campaign trail.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly frustrating the Sanders campaign during her appearances at the socialist’s campaign rallies. While Sanders was occupied in the Senate during the impeachment trial of President Trump, AOC subbed in for him. However, she did not mention the candidate by name during a January rally, though she endorsed him last October.
Vanity Fair reported that Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, expressed his frustration to AOC’s campaign manager over texts, saying her immigration stances were too extreme. “Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities, to try and keep people safe,” she said at an Iowa rally. “I’m not here to reform some of these systems when we talk about immigration. I’m here because Sen. Sanders has actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP. That’s why I’m here,” she added.
Some in the Sanders campaign were reportedly frustrated by AOC’s comments discouraging cooperation with federal authorities, saying they were off-track of Sanders’s stance, which opposes “open borders.”