Cornel West, a vocal left-wing scholar and activist who recently decided to sever ties with the Green Party and instead run as an independent candidate, has not been a favorite among fellow left-wingers, many of whom are concerned about his potential to draw votes away from President Joe Biden’s support base.
Some Democrats have denounced West for presumably following in the footsteps of Ralph Nader, whose third-party candidacy in 2000 has been viewed by many as diverting enough left-wing votes away from Al Gore and tipping the election to George W. Bush.
While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., praised West for his “very long record of service and academic thought leadership,” she has expressed unease about his presidential bid, stressing “the very real threat of a Republican presidency” and “the risk of giving up the very small margin of electoral votes needed to ensure that President Biden wins.”
Similarly, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., lauded West as “a very effective speaker,” but noted that “the stakes are too high this year, especially if Trump is the nominee.” He added that we “need to protect our democracy by stopping Donald Trump and supporting Joe Biden.”
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West has vehemently pushed back against the notion that he’s taking votes away from Biden.