Former AOC Aide: Democracy Means “Taking Power And Wealth” From People & Making Sure It Belongs To Everyone

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s former senior aide Waleed Shahid: “Democracy should mean taking power and wealth and making sure it belongs to everyone.”

Waleed Shahid: “I think we need politicians who are going to propose solutions as big as the problems that people face. That’s the reason I think Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal are catching on. I don’t think it is about democratic socialism or any of these labels. It is about reclaiming what democracy means, and democracy means preventing an aristocracy. Democracy should mean taking power and wealth from those who hoard it and making sure it belongs to everyone. I don’t think that’s Beto O’Rourke’s message right now, but it is the message of several other Democrats.”


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The discussion on MSNBC Live, hosted by Katy Tur, led off with a discussion about the latest college admissions scandal. The Department of Justice charged dozens of wealthy parents this week with fraudulently securing college admission for their children.

Democratic strategist Waleed Shahid insisted the college scandal proved the need for radical proposals, no matter their financial absurdity. “I think we need politicians who are going to produce solutions as big as the problems that people face,” he said. “That’s the reason that things like Medicare for all and the Green New Deal are catching on.”

Shahid is the communications director for Justice Democrats and previously worked for both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.). Both lawmakers support the policy proposals he referenced.  More

No thanks. I’m working hard to support my family, not slackers that are just looking for more handouts. Go get an education, job, family and support them yourself instead of relying on other hard-working Americans to hand you something that we worked hard to earn.

BTW, we’re not a Democracy, that’s where he made his first mistake, we’re a Constitutional Republic, in a true Democracy he’s right, they can take power and wealth and distribute it, his second mistake is thinking that the American people don’t understand this.

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