Is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi losing her grip on the Democratic Party?

Students at Georgetown University apparently think so.

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips visited the campus in Washington, D.C., to ask people about the intra-party struggle between the old guard, like Pelosi (D-Calif.), and more progressive, far-left lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her outspoken freshmen colleagues.

Students were asked: “Between Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who do you view as the face of the Democrat Party?” The results went overwhelmingly in the freshman congresswoman's favor.

“She’s got the people. We’re in a time of extremes, she’s pulling pretty far to the left, I think people are going to like it,” one student said, and another added, “She represents a new progressive thing that’s pretty prevalent on college campuses.”

Several students predicted that millennials will further steer the party toward Democratic socialism as they gain a larger foothold in the party.

“I see the Democratic Party definitely moving towards a more liberal, progressive, younger generation," one said.



On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Phillips, Campus Reform's media director, said students responded "time after time" that Ocasio-Cortez is now the face of the Democratic Party.

Phillips offered several possibly explanations why, including that many young people feel like they can relate to the 29-year-old political newcomer, who has a massive social media following.

He added that many of the younger generation also believe the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in favor of establishment candidate Hillary Clinton, so they are now supporting more fringe, progressive candidates and lawmakers.

Finally, he said, many college students feel pressure from classmates, professors and administration to "go along with anything that's as far-left as possible."

"This is bad news for the Democrat Party," Phillips said. "The more fringe they go, the harder it's going to be to win [elections]. They need to convert moderate voters if they have any chance of winning against Donald Trump, and the farther left they go, the harder it's going to be to do so."

Watch the Campus Reform video and the "Fox & Friends" segment above.


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