Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Congressional Dems ‘Exasperated’ With Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Don’t Attack Your Own People’

Congressional Dems ‘Exasperated’ With Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Don’t Attack Your Own People’

The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman - who was sworn in last week as the youngest congresswoman in US history - has been making waves with much of her social media presence ever since winning the Democratic primary last year.

"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people", veteran Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said.

"With all respect, I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is", he said.

According to the NYDN, a "Democratic campaign veteran scoffed that "it's not a great look" for Ocasio-Cortez that her campaign received a fine for not carrying workers' compensation coverage". "We just don't need sniping in our Democratic Caucus".

Even before taking office, she was reported to have recruited an unidentified woman to challenge Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in 2020.

"She's new here, feeling her way around", Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) said.

Other Democratic lawmakers who spoke to Politico reported concerns that the newly minted congresswoman was attempting to push out the party's old blood and more seasoned lawmakers. "The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law".

With more than 2 million followers on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez uses the power of social media to address issues on her terms.

Strikingly, the scene from the comic book series from which the quote is taken occurs in a prison cafeteria-a potentially provocative, though perhaps fluid, metaphor for what Congress has become to many lawmakers.

Twitter, with its younger-than-1000-years-old demographic, doubled over with laughter at Ocasio-Cortez's clapback at the former Senator.

Lieberman went on Fox Business of all networks to tell host Neil Cavuto that he hopes she's not the future of the Democratic Party. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who was also nominee for vice president of the 2000. Instead she shot back, tweeting, "New party, who dis?"

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