THE EPOCH TIMES – PETER CHOWKA
An increasing number of Democrats, including the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, are moving to embrace the reinvigorated Occupy movement that is advocating the abolition of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), reflecting the party’s strategy to energize and expand its growing progressive base.
Occupy ICE is primarily made up of anarchists, socialists, communists, and representatives of Antifa. Meanwhile, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is playing a prominent role in the Democrats’ pro-Occupy strategy.
The DSA, which has active chapters in 47 states and the District of Columbia, is enjoying a surge in membership, now exceeding 45,000.
The organization is an enthusiastic backer of Occupy ICE and other far-left direct actions. The Louisville DSA, for example, facilitated the harassment of Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife at a restaurant and, in a subsequent tweet, advocated more of the same (“Mitch does not deserve a meal in peace”).
DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought a new level of attention both to her organization and to socialism when she upset 10-term New York Congressman Joe Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the House, in a primary election on June 26. She is virtually assured of maintaining this safe Democratic seat in the Congress in the November general election.
Ocasio-Cortez not only supports shutting down ICE, she advocates Medicare for all, free higher education at state colleges and universities, a $15 minimum wage, a federal guarantee of a job for everyone, and the impeachment of President Donald Trump. According to The New York Times, she has emerged as “an instant political rock star” who “has energized the Democrats’ left wing.”
But not only the party’s left wing. DNC chairman Tom Perez, who represents all Democrats, said on July 3 that Ocasio-Cortez, who honed her political skills working for the 2016 presidential campaign of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), represents “the future of our party.”
According to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez will soon be campaigning nationally and raising money on behalf of other insurgent progressives who want to advance the ideological reboot of the Democratic Party. Her first visit to Washington as one of her party’s nominees is being eagerly anticipated by many of her soon-to-be fellow members of Congress.