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Valerie Jarrett: Democratic Socialists Welcome in Democratic Party

"We have a big tent, and I think there is room for a lot of voices in our party," Valerie Jarrett said.

By NTK Staff | 07.25.2018 @3:21pm

Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, welcomed democratic socialists to the Democratic Party during an interview on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday.

Co-Host Meghan McCain asked Jarrett whether she thinks that New York democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future of the Democratic Party.

Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, in a stunning upset earlier this year. Following this upset Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez called Cortez the future of the Democratic Party.

“I think the future is the diversity of our country, and that’s why I’m encouraging everybody to vote,” Jarrett said. “I don’t think that there is just one face to the Democratic Party. There is obviously not just one face to the Republican Party, and so my emphasis is, Meghan, how can we get more people civically engaged?”

McCain pressed Jarrett to answer the question, pointing out that “at a certain point the Democrats are going to have to choose if they’re Democrats or socialist democrats.” McCain asked which option Jarrett would prefer.

“We have a big tent, and I think there is room for a lot of voices in our party, and that’s how President Obama was elected not once, but twice, because he built that big tent,” Jarrett said. “We don’t have to agree on every issue to be a part of a broader progressive agenda, and so that’s what I support, and I think that has a lot of voices and perspectives.”

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