Democratic Consultant Calls for ‘AOC v. Trump’ in 2024

One Democratic consultant has a novel approach to defeating former President Donald Trump in 2024 — if he chooses to run. In Michael Starr Hopkins’ view, the left should roll out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and let the chips fall where they may.

It has a certain appeal, the way a horror movie or natural disaster can hold one’s attention. But does Hopkins really feel AOC would have a chance?

Two of the last three presidential elections that saw a change in the White House went the way of a stark outsider. Former President Barack Obama was hardly a household name before he became a media darling and surprisingly won Democratic primaries in 2008.

In 2016, entrepreneur and former TV host Donald Trump was even more of an outsider, but he shook up the party establishment much in the way Obama did and pulled out a shocking win over Hillary Clinton.

Now move ahead to 2024. A member of Congress who sprang from anonymity to the forefront of her party’s progressive wing runs a national race against another former candidate from the periphery in Trump.

In writing for The Hill, Hopkins says AOC is much more of a movement than a personality, a smart and photogenic figurehead of the progressives.

Tough to argue with that, but does that put her in position to stand against a former president who still commands much respect and devotion within the GOP? Democrats and particularly progressives hate Trump with a passion that cannot be overstated, but that is a badge of honor for his supporters.

AOC’s supporters see her in the way that some see star athletes or movie heroes. She transcends her position and embodies the younger generations’ idea of an “influencer.”

Hopkins touts the “accomplishments” of Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while arguing it’s time for him to pass the torch. It would be a magnanimous move to hand it to the up-and-coming AOC, but would it translate into a Democratic victory in 2024?

All of this assumes that Biden either declines a second term or is pushed aside in Democratic primaries. Neither is certain, but both seem more likely with every passing day. The real question is, would Americans choose AOC over former President Trump?

If that happens, the nation will experience change like never in its history. And at least one prominent Democratic consultant believes the stars are aligned for exactly that.