Jesse Watters and the panel on The Five reacted to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calling New York Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the "future of the party."

Watters said Ocasio-Cortez, an admitted socialist, only represents an "extreme" faction of far-left voters in the South Bronx and that her candidacy is not indicative of the feelings of the country writ large.

"If the future of the Democratic Party is socialism, then the Democratic Party has no future," he said, adding that she should sit down with a hard-news journalist like Fox News' Bret Baier to answer the "tough questions" about her platform.

Watters said Ocasio-Cortez has a lot of plans for new government expenditures and entitlements but no specifics on how to pay for them.

Richard Fowler said Ocasio-Cortez fits her district, and that Democrats are not in trouble because they know candidates like her may not work in other parts of the country.


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He said that Republicans have the same problem in the opposite extreme, calling Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart (R-Occoquan) an "alt-righter" and accusing him of "pal[ling] around with racists."

Stewart, the chairman of Prince William County, has campaigned on fiscal conservatism and preservation of Confederate monuments in his bid to unseat Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Kimberly Guilfoyle said that some on the left engage in unnecessary and dangerous "theatrics," pointing to a Congolese immigrant who climbed the Statue of Liberty's pedestal on Independence Day.


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