That could present a real problem for 2020.
Courtesy of Axios:
Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House’s most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.
These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency. The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America.
“If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk,” said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. “[S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races.”
The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi’s latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as “The Squad” — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.
These are the “white, non-college voters” who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.
Among the things revealed in the poll were that 74% of those polled knew who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was, but only 22% had a favorable view of her.
For Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota it was even worse, with about 53% of voters in the poll recognizing her name, but only 9% thought of her favorably.
And there is more:
Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.
Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
“Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.
This helps to explain why Trump went after “The Squad” so aggressively for the last several days.
He is pushing this connection between these freshmen Congresswomen and the Democratic party, while also attacking their character.
In short Donald Trump wanted Nancy Pelosi to come to their defense so that he could tweet that even the Democratic establishment was now embracing Socialism.
We can attack Trump’s ignorance on any number of topics, but the guy understands branding and creating a narrative better than almost anybody.
And if he is successful he may actually end up hanging onto the presidency.
By the way, this is also why Bernie Sanders will NEVER be the nominee in 2020.