The animating forces behind the Democratic Party are true, radical leftists

It’s no secret, the animating forces behind the Democratic Party are true, radical leftists. These aren’t your classic JFK Democrats interested in a large government safety net or stronger unions.

No, these folks are socialists, unafraid to affiliate themselves with ideologies and beliefs that just about any Democrat elected since Ronald Reagan would have balked at.

And nowhere have we seen these ideals better distilled than in the campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Democratic candidate Ocasio-Cortez unseated U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in what was perhaps the biggest congressional upset since David Brat (R-Va.) took down then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in 2014.

Crowley has been a mainstay in the Democratic Party, gaining prominence in his 20 years in Congress. Crowley was seen by many as a major contender to take over as the Speaker of the House if Democrats are ever able to flip Congress.

Now Crowley’s congressional career is over, beaten by a 28-year-old socialist. Ocasio-Cortez is an avowed Democratic Socialist whose local New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America tweeted out just a few days ago what they believe: Abolish profits, abolish prisons, abolish cash bail, abolish borders, abolish ICE.

Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has decided to abandon positions they held just a few years ago in favor of some of the most radically leftist positions their party has ever held.

Read the full op-ed over on The Hill.