Ocasio-Cortez Complains That Other Democrats Don't Want Her in Congress
AOC bemoans that fellow Dems think she ‘should not be there’
Radical celebrity Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has complained that she feels unwanted by her fellow Democrats in Congress.
While extremely popular on social media, AOC bemoans that other Dem lawmakers don't share the same enthusiasm for her socialist policies as her Twitter fans.
And for Ocasio-Cortez, that lack of popularity should be of concern as she will have to get through a primary challenger if she wants to hold on to her seat in 2020.
Badrun Khan, a Democrat activist, is challenging Ocasio-Cortez for the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s 14th district.
In an apparent jab at the socialist poster child, Khan states on her website that she’ll provide “REAL Results… Not Empty Promises.”
When asked about Khan’s challenge, Ocasio-Cortez said: “I just focus on delivering for my district and doing the best job. I try not to focus too much on other folks in the field,” according to The Hill
According to the Daily Caller, Ocasio-Cortez says she has clashed with the establishment of the Democratic Party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a new profile published Wednesday in the New York Times.
“In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me,” she told the Times.
“In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized.”
She also said that she felt a “loss of innocence and naïveté” since spending more time in Washington, D.C.
The New York Democrat came into Congress early this year with ambition, quickly introducing her ambitious Green New Deal plan.
Addressing criticisms of her plan, she lashed out and declared herself the “boss.”
“So people are like, ‘Oh it’s unrealistic. Oh it’s vague. Oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing,’” she said in February.
"And I’m like, ‘You try. You do it. ‘Cuz you’re not. ‘Cuz you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss.’ How ’bout that?’"
Ocasio-Cortez declares "I'm the Boss... How 'bout that!" while claiming that no one else has tried to come up with climate change policy before the Green New Deal.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 24, 2019
Apparently she's never seen @TheDemocrats policy platform... ever.
This infighting is going to be fun to watch. pic.twitter.com/AV1TgRa5kU
Over the summer, Pelosi dismissed Ocasio-Cortez and other newly elected Democratic congresswomen like Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley due to their populairty on social media yet lack of support in Congress.
Pelosi slammed the so-called "AOC plus 3 Squad," saying, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following.”
“They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got,” she said after the congresswomen voted against an emergency funding bill for the border.
The progressive group of congresswomen opposed the bill on the grounds that it would provide funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which the “squad” wishes to abolish altogether.
The GOP has supported building mass concentration camps on the southern border. Kids & families are dying.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 22, 2019
Now they want money for more - w/ ZERO negotiation on how $ is spent.
We can’t do that. They‘ve shown that when they get more money, they build more camps. #CloseTheCamps https://t.co/DYhXuU9Crz
This led to Ocasio-Cortez accusing Pelosi of “singling out” the “newly elected women of color” in Congress.
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have since squashed the beef, it seems.