AOC says she wants 'to abolish our carceral system'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Said she wanted to "get rid of" the US prisoner system during a campaign rally for Ohio Congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday.
"I want to get rid of our prison system, which is designed to lure black and brown men into the trap," the Democratic socialist told a Turner rally in Cleveland. "I want justice. I want peace and I want prosperity. That's what I want."
OCASIO-CORTEZ DEFENDS TWEET PROMOTION OF THE IDEA OF "PRISON KEEPING" PRESSES "ONLY ALTERNATIVES" TO CONNECT
Ocasio-Cortez was in Cleveland for an election rally in support of Turner, a progressive former senator and co-chair of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign.
Turner wants to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District - a seat vacated by former US MP Marcia Fudge when she became Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in March.
Ocasio-Cortez characterized Turner's fight on Saturday as a battle between grassroots and corporate politics.
"This is not about Nina against any opponent; it is about the people against the big money," said the congresswoman, reported WJW.
"This is a deep blue seat. It's a deep blue seat," she reportedly said. "Districts like Ohio's 11th should lead the country on questions. They offer opportunities, very rare opportunities, very rare districts like this that can be visionary."
Local Democratic Party leader Shontel Brown, a moderate, is Turner's biggest opponent in the overcrowded Democratic primary, due on August 3rd.
"The contrast in this race couldn't be clearer," Brown's campaign said in response to Ocasio-Cortez's comments, WJW reported. "Shontel Brown is the only candidate who can work with the Biden government and our majority from day one to deliver high-paying jobs, affordable health care, and affordable prescription drugs in northeast Ohio."
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