Democratic socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized President Joe Biden on Thursday, saying he currently faces a “collapse” in support among young people.
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments come as just 42 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling aggregate.
Ocasio-Cortez told NY1 on Thursday that Biden needs to spend more time focusing on issues that young, progressive voters care about.
“We need to acknowledge that this isn’t just about middle-of-the-road, increasingly narrow band of independent voters,” she said, according to The Washington Times.
“This is really about the collapse of support among young people, among [the] Democratic base, feeling like they worked overtime to get this president elected and they aren’t necessarily being seen.”
The democratic socialist representative’s made her remarks while discussing how Democrats can avoid a midterm elections disaster, the New York Post reported.
Referencing Biden’s as-of-yet unfulfilled campaign promise to cancel at least $10,000 in student debt for every borrow, she added: “It is Biden’s power and ability to cancel student debt, and nobody else’s.”
New York 1 host Errol Louis then asked Ocasio-Cortez if she thought Biden was willing to trying something new.
“With his falling approval numbers, one would think they might be open to trying something, other than cruising down the path to a tough reelection. Do you get the sense whether or not they’re open to that?” Louis asked.
Ocasio Cortez said she believes the Biden administration is considering it, but said “time for the administration is running out.”
“And we do not have much more time to wait because these falling poll numbers, I don’t believe in governing by polling,” she said.
It’s far from the first time Ocasio-Cortez has made it clear that Biden is not progressive enough for her liking.
“In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party,” she told New York magazine in January 2020.