...With Bernie Sanders largely sequestered in Washington, D.C., at the end of last month ahead of the critical Iowa caucuses, the Vermont senator's campaign deployed what is arguably its greatest weapon: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
...In Iowa, while AOC didn't exactly go rogue, her performance stoked some tensions between herself and the Sanders campaign.
...Specifically, the Sanders campaign was miffed that Ocasio-Cortez didn't mention Sanders by name when she closed out a campaign event at the University of Iowa on a Friday night at the end of last month-a fact that Fox News picked up on.
...During an event in Ames, Iowa, Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd, "Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities to try and keep people safe." She continued, "I'm not here to reform some of these systems when we talk about immigration. I'm here because Senator Sanders has actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP. That's why I'm here."
...Abolishing ICE is a major platform plank for AOC and a number of other progressive figures-including Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have also endorsed Sanders.
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