Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just 60 seconds ahead of her pre-recorded speech at the Democratic National Convention in what supporters say is a ‘slap on the progressive wing’
- The Democratic National Convention takes place online Monday through Thursday
- Michelle Obama will speak on Monday evening to begin proceedings
- Joe Biden will receive the nomination on Thursday during a grand final
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has to pre-record her 60 second speech
- AOC responded by quoting a poem titled ‘Life Is Just a Minute’
- “Forced, I haven’t chosen it, but I know I have to use it,” she quoted
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has only one minute to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, in what some say is a surprising dislike for the high-profile rising star.
The convention was supposed to take place in Milwaukee, but is being held almost this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
AOC, as she’s called, will not speak live, but will instead deliver a pre-recorded message on Tuesday night – the same night as Bill Clinton.
Others, however, will be able to address the convention live – including Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, and Pete Buttigieg, a former presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 30, will deliver a 60-second message to the DNC on Tuesday night
The four-day online convention, starting Monday, will be held under the title Uniting America.
It will feature different themes and speakers each day during two-hour broadcasts starting at 9 p.m. ET.
Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders open the proceedings on Monday evening.
On Tuesday, Bill Clinton, Schumer and Jill Biden will be the main speakers.
Wednesday night will see speakers like Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Gabrielle Giffords – the Tucson congresswoman shot in the head, who has become a dedicated campaigner for gun control.
The event concludes Thursday night with Kamala Harris accepting the vice president nomination and Joe Biden making his headline, nomination-accepting speech.
Supporters of the Bronx-born congressman were in arms about her representation at the convention.
She supported Bernie Sanders in the race for the nomination, in place of Biden.
Some pointed out that AOC, as it is known, has yet to work its way up the ranks of the Democrats
Others were outraged at the assignment of such a short time to the leftist leader
“What a blow to the progressive wing,” said one supporter.
‘It’s a constant despite us. They think we’ll cringe and bully ours. They are wrong. We’re not going anywhere.
‘With @AOC as our leader, we have only just started. Now that the squad has been reelected, we are ready to rummage in the halls of Congress. ‘
Another admirer suggested, “Other speakers should be ready early and say at the end of the course that the rest of their time will go to @AOC,” adding the hashtag #LetHerSpeak.
One fan suggested that other speakers ‘donate’ their allotted time to AOC to give her more
But others pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez is a first-term congressman, but shouldn’t rise through the ranks just yet.
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, didn’t seem bitter and acknowledged the news by tweeting Benjamin E. Mays’ poem “Life Is Just a Minute.”
‘I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced on, I didn’t choose it, but I know I have to use it. Be accountable if I take advantage of it. Suffer if I lose it. Just a minute, but eternity is in it. ‘
The poem, she noted, was recited by the late Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings.
AOC accepted the news itself by posting a poem entitled ‘Life Is Just a Minute’