Former chief Trump strategist Stephen Bannon is urging the GOP to “find our AOCs,” referring to liberal freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Democrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas MORE (D-N.Y.), to help the party better serve working-class voters.
“We’ve turned the Republican Party into a working-class party,” the former Breitbart News executive chairman told The Guardian in a sit-down interview published Tuesday.
“Now, interestingly, we don’t have any elected representatives who believe that, but that’s a legacy issue. We’ll get over that,” he added. “We’ve got to find our AOCs.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a 30-year-old former bartender from the Bronx, was elected to Congress in 2018 after running a strong grassroots campaign and defeating a powerful establishment Democrat in the race’s primary.
Bannon said that Democrats had “better casting” in last year’s midterms, leading to the party regaining control in the House.
“They did an amazing job in ’18. I keep saying I admire AOC,” he said.
“I think her ideology’s all f—-d up, but I want her. I want to recruit bartenders. I don’t want to recruit any more lawyers. I want bartenders.”
Bannon also credited now-Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergTrump tops Democratic rivals in national poll Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field in early primary states Krystal Ball questions Biden’s durability in 2020 field MORE for the Democrats’ successful midterms after the former New York mayor put $110 million into his political action committee and 21 out of 24 candidates that he supported won their races.
In 2017, Bannon left his post at the White House as one of the changes brought on by then-chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. The former Breitbart News chief has remained a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats secure fast-track to the floor for Canada-Mexico trade deal Mexican official says he’s ‘very satisfied’ with USMCA after recent concern More than 700 historians sign letter calling for House to impeach Trump MORE since leaving his administration.