The Five: Socialist Who Ran on Abolishing ICE, Impeachment Defeats Top House Dem
The Five reacted to the unexpected upset in the Democratic U.S. House primary in a key New York district, after the number-four Democrat in the House was defeated by a young socialist political novice.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the South Bronx handily defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley of Queens in New York's 14th District.
The panel discussed how Crowley, 56, was seen as the eventual successor to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Democratic leader.
Ocasio-Cortez, 28, campaigned on the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), LGBTQ rights, and impeaching President Donald Trump. "I think we have the grounds to [impeach]," she recently told a reporter.
Crowley, who doubled as the de facto leader of the Queens Democratic Party, was criticized for sending a former city councilwoman as a proxy in a debate with Ocasio-Cortez and taking his seat for granted, The Five said.
Jesse Watters said Ocasio-Cortez should continue to publicly announce her "wacky" ideas because her candidacy is great for Republicans overall.
However, locally, Democrats hold a comfortable advantage over Republicans in voter registration in the district.
Ocasio-Cortez' Republican challenger, Anthony Pappas, is a St. John's University Economics professor who the New York Post said is considered a "long shot" to flip the seat red.
The Post said there is little evidence Pappas is as active a campaigner as Ocasio-Cortez is.