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AOC Brings The House Down During Packed Rally: ‘We Will Not Go Back, We Will Go Forward’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Speaking at a rally in suburban Maryland on Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told a crowd of Democratic activists it had taken the United States more than two centuries to elect an outspoken group of minority women to congress and that “we will not go back”.

“It has taken us 240 years to have this unique composite in the congress, in this moment, and we will not go back,” she told more than 700 cheering Democrats at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

“We will not go back to the days of injustice. We will not go back, we will go forward. But we sure as hell will not stand still.”

Ocasio-Cortez comments come after President Donald Trump this week used Twitter to portray the freshman congresswoman from the Bronx – and three other first-term House Democrats – as “unpatriotic leftists” who should return to their countries of origin.

The congresswomen Trump targeted – Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – are all women of color.

The rally was a benefit for Democracy Summer, a program that representative Jamie Raskin started more than a decade ago to train new generations of Democratic activists.

Rep. Raskin is not accustomed to drawing big crowds when he hosts fundraisers for the program. But after his office announced Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance last week, his phone began to ring endlessly.

Within hours, all 700 tickets were gone, and his office had to start a waiting list.

Watch AOC’s passionate speech in the video below.

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