Michael Moore Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should be Allowed to Run for President


Michael Moore, who is known for his overt liberal political stance, on Saturday showed his support for the youngest Congresswoman ever elected in the country’s history, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and said that she should be allowed to be run for the 2020 presidency. Moore said that he wished constitutional age restriction for those who had the potential to run for the White House could be rescinded.

Moore, while appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word, said that the primary factor for Democratic voters should be “who can win against Trump.” The filmmaker made the statement while he was discussing the list of candidates who have declared their intention to run for the 2020 presidential elections. Moore said: “It’s too bad you have to be 35 to be president. We put that in the constitution, the Founding Fathers, because people died at 38 or 40 back then. Y’know, we need to lower that. If that was lowered to 30 …”

The filmmaker did not finish the sentence and was prodded by host Ali Velshi whether he was referring to Ocasio-Cortez, to which Moore responded with yes, saying that she could have been running for 2020 if the age restriction was lower.

“She is the leader. Everybody knows it. Everybody feels it. She is the leader of this mass movement,” Moore said of the 29-year-old Congresswoman. The filmmaker also cited a poll shown on Fox News stating that most Americans agree with the New York representative’s proposal to increase the marginal tax rate to 70 percent on the richest citizens in the country. Velshi also asked Moore if there is a danger in alienating political moderates in having a political figure as left-wing as Ocasio-Cortez be the face of the Democratic party. Moore replied with: “I’m not, no. First of all, If you’re being moderate, stop being moderate. Take a position. There’s no middle ground anymore. There’s no halfway point to should somebody be paid a living wage. “Well, I’m a moderate so I think they could be paid half of that living wage.”

“You know, on the issue of choice, there is no halfway there. You’re either for it or you’re against it,” Moore continued. “Do you believe in equal rights for women? Do you believe we should have an Equal Rights Amendment? There’s no middle ground. There’s no time for moderation.” A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports discovered that, if Ocasio-Cortez were to contest for the 2020 presidential elections, she could possibly give a close race to President Donald Trump. Ocasio-Cortez, however, is too young to contest for the presidential polls in 2020.