AOC Says Biden Losing Young Progressives

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says President Joe Biden risks losing his support from progressives and younger voters in pursuit of a “narrow band” of independent voters. In particular, the progressive House member says Biden needs to fulfill his campaign promise to slash student loan debt for the young Democratic base who “worked overtime” toward his election, but are now being overlooked.

During a recent interview, AOC acknowledged that the president’s polling numbers are at an all-time low and could “collapse” among younger party voters. The so-called “Squad” member ominously warned that “time is running out” as the pivotal November midterms approach.

The Democratic Socialists of America superstar credits Biden’s loss of support on missteps and broken campaign promises. However, she says there is still time for the president to regain his standing with voters by pushing legislative promises through with executive action.

Her solution to Biden’s unpopularity? “It’s in Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s,” she proclaimed.

Not so fast, says Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). After Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on the president to wipe out up to $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower last summer “with the flick of a pen,” Pelosi poured cold water on the plan.

The Speaker in no uncertain terms declared that Biden does not, in fact, have the power to cancel student loan debt. “He can postpone. He can delay. But he does not have that power.” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding that the power of debt forgiveness is held only by Congress.

Pelosi also acknowledged that American voters whose children decided not to go to college “may not be happy” with paying taxes to forgive someone else’s obligations.

This runs counter to AOC and her fellow “Squad” members, who insist that Biden can not only eliminate student debt, but also enact other parts of his agenda, with just a signature. Once he begins his rule by fiat, they believe that his popularity will be restored.

However, there are other ways to earn the trust of voters besides rushing to aid those who willingly took on $200,000 in student loan debt for a degree in gender studies. For example, seriously addressing soaring inflation and energy costs by restarting domestic energy production would go much further than paying for someone’s performing arts education.