‘We’re losing hope that you represent us’: Susan Sarandon joins protest outside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York office blasting through a megaphone for better leadership
- The 74-year-old Oscar winner used a megaphone outside the 31-year-old congresswoman’s Bronx office
- Sarandon said leftists still have ‘faith’ in Ocasio-Cortez despite her many ‘promises’
- Monday afternoon’s protest was hosted by the Movement for a People’s Party
- Some in the left are anxious about the lack of progress on universal health care
- Ocasio-Cortez co-sponsored a Medicare for All bill in March, but it went nowhere
Susan Sarandon joined a protest outside of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s office Monday afternoon calling for President Joe Biden to declare the pandemic a public health emergency as a way to pass Medicare for All.
The Thelma & Louise actress, 74, wore her hair up with glasses and a T-shirt as she spoke into a megaphone in front of the lawmaker’s office in the Bronx.
‘I’m here to say to the ‘Squad,’ and especially AOC, who, you know did make a lot of promises, that we still have faith in you and we would like to see if you have a better plan than we’ve been able to see, please share it,’ the Oscar winner said according to video obtained by Mediaite.
‘If there’s a pathway you’ve got that we’re not aware of please share it. Because we’re losing hope here that you represent us.’
Susan Sarandon, 74, said AOC made ‘a lot of promises,’ but that she still has ‘faith’ in her
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has faced fire from left-win activists who demand Medicare for All. Above, she campaigns for congressional candidate Nina Turner on July 24 in Cleveland
The Squad is a group of progressive congresswomen of color including Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The protest was hosted by the Movement for a People’s Party, a progressive organization founded after Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential run. (Neither Sanders nor Ocasio-Cortez are aligned with the People’s Party.)
The group called for the sophomore congresswoman to encourage President Biden to ‘declare a pandemic public health emergency and expand Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act.’
The movement for Medicare for All has largely dissipated from public discourse as Biden, who is not a supporter, presses ahead with other legislative priorities like infrastructure and tax credits for parents to lift children out of poverty.
President Biden meets with advisors and union and business leaders about a bipartisan $1.2trillion infrastructure plan in the White House on July 22
Some left-wing activists have grown impatient as they argue the best fix for the coronavirus pandemic lies in universal health care.
The protest announcement called for the immediate passage of Medicare for All, which the organization says the Democratic Party could ram through with its control of the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of the co-sponsors on Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s 2021 Medicare for All bill, which was introduced on March 17 but has not advanced past that.
A representative for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com