May 24, 2022

AOC cautions Biden on potential ‘collapse’ of young voter support

In news sure to frustrate the White House, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on Thursday that she believes President Joe Biden is on the cusp of a “collapse” in support from young voters and those who occupy the more liberal wing of her party, as the Daily Caller reports.

The warning came during an interview with Errol Louis of New York 1, and during the conversation, Ocasio-Cortez offered several reasons why she is concerned about Biden’s ability to retain the good will of those critical Democrat constituencies, many of whom feel that the issues that affect them most have been ignored.

“We need to acknowledge that this isn’t just about middle of the road, increasingly narrow band of independent voters,” the congresswoman said, adding, “[b]ut, this is really about the collapse of support among people, among Democratic base, feeling like they worked overtime to get this president elected and they aren’t necessarily being seen,” as the New York Post noted.

During his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden suggested that, if elected, he planned to cancel at least $10,000 of student loan debt per borrower, a concept welcomed by many, but perceived by some on the far left – including Ocasio-Cortez – as inadequate to address the true scope of the burden faced by millions.

“It is in Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s,” echoing statements she and other members of the far-left congressional “Squad” have made in the past in which they claim that Biden has full authority to wipe the ledger clean for millions through executive action.

Hinting that such a move could perhaps bolster Biden’s faltering popularity, Louis mused, “With his falling approval numbers, one would think they might be open to trying something, other than cruising down the path to a tough reelection. Do you get the sense whether or not they’re open to that?”

Ocasio-Cortez indicated that the administration appears to be engaged in ongoing deliberations about student loan cancellation but cautioned that “time for the administration is running out. And we do not have much more time to wait because of these falling poll numbers. I don’t believe in governing by polling.”

As the Daily Caller noted, Democrat lawmakers such as Sens. Chuck Schumer (NY), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA) have urged Biden to cancel upwards of $50,000 in student loan debt for beleaguered borrowers, but thus far, to no avail.

According to a report in TIME, despite the fact that a pandemic-related student loan payment moratorium is set to expire on May 1, there are increasing signals from the administration that another extension on the pause may be afoot, but whether Biden will buckle under pressure from the left and pursue more significant debt cancellation through executive action, only time will tell.

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