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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why Ron DeSantis' Campaign Is Failing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Ron DeSantis
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes Ron DeSantis has made "some very large, critical errors" in his presidential campaign.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is running for President, but he hasn't been polling too well when next to former president Donald Trump. Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes that this is the result of "some very large, critical errors."

In an interview on MSNBC’s Inside with Jen Psaki, Ocasio-Cortez gave her reasoning as to why she believes Trump is the most likely candidate for the Republican party to challenge President Joe Biden in the 2024 election.

"I think there’s something to be said about that. The dynamics of these races change from day to day,” she said. “I think that Governor DeSantis has made some very large, critical errors.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that instead of appealing to moderate voters who may be off-put by Trump's legal battles or hard-core conservatism, DeSantis has focused on attacking LGBTQ+ and education rights in his state.

“Well, you can’t out-Trump Trump, right? And that’s what he’s really been trying to do. His attacks on teachers, on schools, on LGBT Americans I think go way too far in the State of Florida,” she explained. “And I think that they are a profound political miscalculation and an overcompensation.”

Instead of positioning himself as a rational option compared to Trump, Ocasio-Cortez believes that DeSantis has instead moved in on Trump's voter base, who haven't been biting. Real Clear Politics’ averaging of several polls found that 52.4 percent of Republicans support Trump, whereas just 21.5 percent back DeSantis — less than half of those vying for the former president.

“He may be trying to win a base, but that base belongs to Donald Trump,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “And he has sacrificed, I think, the one thing that others may have thought would make him competitive, which is this idea that he would somehow be more rational than Donald Trump, which he isn’t.”

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