New York: Donald Trump’s defeat of Joe Biden was a relief to the Democratic left-but for most progressives, a centrist White House victory ended a battle and Another battle began.
“We aren’t in a free fall to hell anymore,” congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, perhaps the American left’s most visible face, said in a recent interview with The New York Times.
“But whether we’re going to pick ourselves up or not is the lingering question.”
During Biden’s campaign, Democratic socialists like Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders — the runner-up in the 2016 and 2020 primaries — buried the hatchet with the party’s moderates and helped get out the vote.
However, as the dust settled, it became clear that during elementary school, the tensions arising from health care, student debt, climate change and inequality were not resolved.
“Biden ultimately stands for a continuation of the status quo,” said Chi Anunwa, co-chair of New York City’s branch of the Democratic Socialists of America.
“Which is not to say we aren’t relieved that Trump is gone, but I think it’s important to remember that Trump in many ways was a very extreme symptom of various systemic problems that have been plaguing the United States for a long time.”