The Democrats won the White House but performed poorly elsewhere, and AOC is leading the critique of how the party needs to change

The sense of relief Democrats felt with Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election was not the same as a feeling of victory.

The party’s loss of congressional seats and failure to take control of state legislatures, not to mention the US Senate, indicated an alarming slippage for a party that had thought it was growing as Trump was supposedly torching the Republican brand.

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The party envisions itself as the party of working people, but it doesn’t feel that way to a lot of working people

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